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Permindar Kaur

Permindar Kaur is a sculpture/installation artist, whose approach to art is playful, using childlike objects to explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She uses simple forms, for instance furniture (beds, cots and chairs) and toys (soft, brightly coloured figures, trucks and animal forms). These objects resemble displaced domestic belongings, which have been distorted and manipulated to invoke the uncanny. They are deceptively familiar in their appearance and initially might remind the viewer of innocence, childhood and play belying their sinister undertones.

Permindar Kaur has exhibited internationally in both major solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include HOME, 5 Howick Place, London (2020-21); Interlopers, University of Hertfordshire (2016); Hiding Out, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham (2014); and Cold Comfort, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1996). Major group exhibitions include Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945, Yorkshire Sculpture Park & UK tour (2021-23); Ikon in the 90’s, Ikon Gallery (2021) Animals & Us, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018) At Home with Art, Tate, London and UK tour (2000); Flexible Co-existence, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan (1999); Pictura Britannica, Art from Britain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1997); British Art Show 4, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff (1995).