Nep Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with the reverberations of form, antiquity, myth, and history with an affinity for community. Through material investigations that use textiles, sculpture, video and sound, Sidhu’s work seeks moments of knowledge transfer.

Divine of Form, Formed in the Divine (Medicine for a Nightmare) examines how memories persist in the present, especially when related to personal and collective practices of resistance, resilience, and ritual. This mid-career survey is anchored by recent works that reflect upon Sikh histories, amongst other collectively formed and formative histories considered through collaborations with Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and Nicholas Galanin, exploring how memorialization practices can transfigure grief and loss, and how they contribute to a writing of histories that speak back to power by celebrating cultural knowledge and practices.

Divine of Form, Formed in the Divine (Medicine for a Nightmare) activates artistic forms towards cultural restoration and charges the spaces of memorialization with new kinds of images, objects and language. The works in this exhibition invite multiple readings where diverging and overlapping responses can take root. Here, the exercise of memory is rooted in the possibility of coming together across difference, of listening, of learning, and of maintaining the possibility of understanding being reshaped in response.

Curated by: cheyanne turions

Esker Foundation

4th Floor, 1011 – 9th Avenue S.E.

Inglewood, Calgary

Canada T2G 0H7

https://eskerfoundation.com/

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