Hardeep Pandhal: Inheritance Quest (Paperback)

Hardeep Pandhal: Inheritance Quest By Hardeep Pandhal (Artist), Zahid R. Chaudhary (Contribution by), Gabrielle de la Puente (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Hardeep Pandhal (Artist), Zahid R. Chaudhary (Contribution by), Gabrielle de la Puente (Contribution by)
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Hardeep Pandhal: Inheritance Quest is the first monograph on Hardeep Pandhal, whose practice concerns the unsettling and transformative forces of migration, historical violence and cultural assimilation. Including images of the artist's key works and QR links to view key videos online, this book offers multiple ways into his complex, multi-layered practice. The Glasgow-based artist works with an unusual fluency across various media, including rap, animations, embroidered jumpers knitted by his mum, sensitively rendered drawings of unsettling characters, airbrush paintings and installations. These works reference genres across a vast landscape of popular culture, from video games to cartoons, and from fantasy lore and mystical poetry to gothic horror and steampunk. In this book, Pandhal builds a luridly rendered world where the ghosts of empire slink alongside narratives of Tolkienesque fantasy; where game designer Hideo Kojima's Solid Snake shares a backseat with an Uber Eats bag; and where personal memories of racist invective are untwisted into sinuous renderings of the headless figures of Sikh martyr Baba Deep Singh, or tottering troops of British-Indian sepoys. Beneath the surface of his visually seductive yet often disturbing imagery lies a lyrical ambition and allusive power that is literary in quality. Whether exploring the libidinal and orgiastic energies of empire, or the fantastical elements of his practice, Pandhal adeptly riffs on the immigrant experience in modern Britain. From the sung poems of the 15th-century South Asian mystic poet Kabir to Pandhal's affinities and difficulties with contemporary fantasy - and that genre's uncomfortable relationship with whiteness - this is an eclectic and erudite exposition of the relationship between race, place and art.
Hardeep Pandhal: Inheritance Quest is commissioned by Anita Dawood. It includes critical texts by four writers: Zahid Chaudhary, Gabrielle de la Puente, Hammad Nasar and Jamie Sutcliffe. It also includes a conversation with artist and academic David Steans.

About the Author

Hardeep Pandhal (b. 1985, Birmingham. Lives and works in Glasgow.) Pandhal's art, film, animation and sculptural works have been exhibited in the UK and internationally. A graduate of Leeds Beckett University and The Glasgow School of Art, Pandhal's research-led, multi-media work explores issues of race, history and identity with a characteristically acerbic and playful aesthetic.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781912165582
ISBN-10: 1912165589
Publisher: Black Dog Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 144
Language: English