Jas Singh: hippocratic / hyprocrite
11 February – 16 April 2023, Gallery 2
Jas Singh is a Leicester-based artist whose practice mixes durational performance, digital technologies and film. His work directly engages with current socio-political events, often using found footage from media and news outlets. He creates installations that replicates the chaos of the world today through overloading the senses with visual imagery and sound.
Life changes in 2014 resulted in neurological complications that forced Jas to take a break from his work. Since 2018 he has returned to making and has become increasingly interested in questioning the mechanics of identity. Through embracing his disabilities and his own identity as a British-Asian artist, Jas asks us to look more closely at the ways in which the language and labels around identity are constructed in relation to the push-and-pull of global politics.
The installation presented in this exhibition marks a major step in Jas’ practice, bringing together autobiographical explorations across a multi-screen presentation that is activated by visitors moving around the space. Visitors are invited to interact with the installation and respond to the questions that Jas poses in his work: how is identity constructed, and by whom? How do our identities affect how we are perceived by others?
“I want this piece to pose uncomfortable questions about how the identities I belong to – including being disabled, British Asian, male, having a mental health condition – have been formed and shaped by others. [This work explores] my own experience as a person who has adapted to disability as an adult, and the ways in which it has impacted my life and my attitudes towards the other communities I identify with.”
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