Princeton, NJ—Transart PhD student Gurpreet Sehra delivered a paper at the Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference on October 4, 2014 at Princeton University.
Entitled “Material Histories and Sikh-Punjabi Diasporas” Sehra’s talk considered the ways in which material histories provide insights into cultural processes. Asking “What can textiles tell us about people and cultures?” Sehra uses Dutch wax print textiles—an Indonesian-inspired, late-19th century Dutch colonialist creation produced in the United Kingdom for export to African markets—as a historical framework through which to examine cultural appropriation within Sikh-Punjabi diasporas and the legacy of colonialism.
Gurpreet Sehra is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, video, performance and conceptual installation. Canada-based, she was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area and currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sehra earned concurrent BA degrees in Art and Art History and Sociology from Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario and the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, respectively (2009). She also holds a MFA in Multidisciplinary Arts from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2012). Her work is exhibited widely throughout Canada.
Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference brings together various disciplines in order to identify, analyze and support research about the Sikh community.
Gurpreet Sehra: “Material Histories and Sikh-Punjabi Diasporas”
Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference: Room 006, Friend Center for Engineering Education, William St, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540
9:30am-6pm Saturday October 4, 2014