Hardeep Pandhal’s luridly iconoclastic digital animations, drawings, textile work and multimedia installations confront the toxic legacies of empire. His art makes direct reference to his Sikh heritage and to the many types of racism that he has experienced. Layered narratives – delivered via rap and elliptical wordplay and through the visual language of ‘gutter media’, such as comics and video games – excavate tangled histories of post-colonialism and misogyny, creating, in his words, ‘syncretic strains of post-brown weirdness’ while reflecting the ‘exaggerated madness’ of real life. Pandhal’s new video work, Ensorcelled English (2020-21) expands his interest in dark enchantment in a fantasy of a cursed art school, while dissecting the racist and sexist structures on which art education is too often founded.
Hardeep Pandhal (born 1985, Birmingham) lives and works in Glasgow. Pandhal studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and The Glasgow School of Art.