‘The archive, with its shadows and gaps, is a colonial invention in narrative consistency. Its greatest trick is to convince us that ‘time’ signals forward movement.’
What do you find when you go looking for yourself in the archive? Tear at its pages, bite and ingest it. Is it possible to process this information anew, through the body, turning knowledge from institution to gut?
In this restaging of Gut Feelings Meri Jaan, artist Jasleen Kaur shares research that informed the making of the work that emphasises voices of migrant communities in Rochdale and re-frames the social histories surrounding them. Kaur shares eight films alongside a study room that speaks to the online sessions and intimate conversations held within the group. Through reading, writing and digesting she invites you to participate in the work’s after-life, asking how this body of research might speak to/with its new context in Tower Hamlets.
Gut Feelings Meri Jaan by Jasleen Kaur was commissioned by UP Projects in partnership with Touchstones Rochdale, where it was presented as an exhibition from 23 October 2021 until 13 February 2022,and encompassed a two-day film trail in various locations around Rochdale.
Jasleen Kaur (b.1986, Glasgow, Scotland) is an artist based in London. Her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. She works with sculpture, video and writing.
Recent and upcoming commissions include Wellcome Collection, UP Projects, Glasgow Women’s Library, Market Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Eastside Projects and Hollybush Gardens. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Touchstones Rochdale, Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.