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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
Dimensions200 x 70 x 70 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4237
Out on loan Narrow Gate of the Here-and-now: Queer Embodiment, East Wing, 30/07/2021 - 07/08/2022
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Rajinder Singh, My Sister’s Coven, 2019, Fabric, metal ribbon, ceramic plinth, wool, 200 x 70 x 70 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Rajinder Singh

Rajinder Singh (b Ipoh, Malaysia) lives in Dublin, Ireland. Rajinder’s paintings and installations as well as photography, video and performance work explore ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape.
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