Jagdish is Midlands born artist, of Gujarati origin, living and working in the Midlands and London. He graduated from De Montfort University with a MA Photography and continues to develop a photography based arts practice, using a variety of visual media. Jagdish is a photographer, writer, tutor and researcher.
Jagdish’s work uses visual practice to explore the relationships between history, activism and lived experience. His work is created in collaboration with his subjects, and his works tries to ensure that the process of making art is an empowering process for the participant. Over the past few years he has undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Punjabi, former steelworkers, running pubs in the Black Country, Portuguese farm workers in Lincolnshire, people with mental ill health, and victims of racial violence from across the country.
Alongside his arts practice, Jagdish also works with the anti-racist charity, the Monitoring Group, as an educator with the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub.
Selected projects, events, commissions and exhibitions
AA2A Artist in Residence: De Montefort University
Asian Activism in Nottingham : Primary
Many Rivers to Cross : Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Art, Activism, Race and Social Justice timeline : part of ‘The Place is Here’ , Nottingham Contemporary
1976, the Coming of Age: Commission about how 1970’s racism was challenged through youth movements
Desi Pubs : Commission about the Asian owned pubs in the Black Country, their story and how they have redefined Black Country pub culture
A Place Between Homes: Photobook exploring impact of migration across different generations
Barbara’s story: Film exploring one families experiences and lasting of legacies after their son was murdered
Patrin: Gypsy heritage in the East Midlands
Human Creates: Human Destroys: New Art Exchange, Nottingham
Texture of Archive : LCB Depot, Leicester
Selected talks, workshops and higher education
Glasgow University: ESRC workshop on Austerity, Racism and Resistance
Get Up Stand Up : a seminar on ‘Racial Equality and Anti-racism : How to rethink identity and belonging’
The October Dialogues: steering group member celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act and the American Civil Rights Movement