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Rajinder Singh

My Sister’s Coven2019

My Sister’s Coven, 2019 consists of more than forty metres of fabric, twisted and wrung, pierced and supported by sterile steel hung from the ceiling like a hanging carcass in an abattoir above a tall ceramic plinth.  The artwork is a response to the artists big sister who died of cervical cancer, alone, a thousand miles away from the family in 2004. Singh has chosen to use a thin, threadbare cloth in the work. Growing up in South Asia, this fabric was worn by monks, priests, sadhus, yogis and the various shamans and witch doctors. Amongst the Sikh, the same fabric is worn as a turban. The fabric itself comes with a gesture, a magical ritual with which it is adorned.

MediumFabric, metal ribbon, ceramic plinth, wool
Dimensions Object size, 200 x 70 x 70 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4237
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Rajinder Singh, My Sister’s Coven, 2019, Fabric, metal ribbon, ceramic plinth, wool, Object size, 200 x 70 x 70 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Rajinder Singh

Rajinder Singh studied engineering in the UK and then Fine Art in Singapore. His paintings, installations, photography, video and performance works explore ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape. Often focused on the power of ritual action in the construction of the social body, his practice explores the ways the human body unfolds around various topographic and symbolic borders.

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