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Counted, 2019, Bookbinding
Suman Gujral’s practice meditates on universal issues of joy, sorrow, struggle and human resilience. Often addressing painful subjects, the artists uses her unique position to cast light on these difficult issues, generating discussion.
Recently, Gujral’s history as a descendant of immigrants displaced by the 1947 Partition of India, has led her to reflect on the current migration crisis and its roots.
Counted acknowledges migrants who have perished trying to reach sanctuary. Gold stitches symbolise each 100 and red each 1000. The Khadi paper reflects the artists own Indian heritage where her personal history of migration starts.
Suman Gujral has exhibited extensively locally and in London - most recently at the Woolwich Contemporary. In 2020 she has three solo shows: What We Don't Talk About, Uppercase Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Light and Shadow, Parndon Mill, Harlow and View at Flatford Mill, East Bergholt.
Gujral’s exhibition at St Albans Museum + Gallery (2018/19), explored the impact of traumatic events - current and historical - on individuals and communities. The site-specific work she created for the exhibition successfully connected with visitors and sparked conversations; confirming the artist’s belief that art should not be separate from 'real life'.
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Hertfordshire Open 2020
This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between www.uharts.co.uk and www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.
Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.
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