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The New Art Gallery Walsall - ‘Too Rich a Soil’


Photograph: Jonny Bark


As part of our celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, we thought we’d take the opportunity to re-visit The New Art Gallery Walsall’s exhibition ‘Too Rich a Soil’.


The exhibition, a collaboration between the Gallery and GRAIN, an arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high-quality photography projects and exhibitions opened in November 2019 but was cut short as a result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. It presented photographic work that dealt with the themes of identity and representation, from three British artists of South Asian descent, Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin both of whom were supported to create new work and Arpita Shah who showed selected works from the existing series ‘Purdah – The Sacred Cloth’ (2013).


Arpita Shah is a photographic artist based between Edinburgh and Eastbourne who explores the intersections of culture and identity. Maryam Wahid and Nilupa Yasmin are photographic artists based in Birmingham. Wahid’s practice explores multiculturalism and her identity as a British Pakistani Muslim woman and Yasmin has a keen interest in the notion of culture and self-identity.


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