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Dhaliwal, Sarindar
Punjabi Sheets #2: Family Tree Punjabi Sheets #2: Family Tree
1989 1989

In this piece, Sarindar Dhaliwal monumentalizes the process of re-learning intricate Punjabi terms for kinship relations. Sixteen slates lie on the floor, each inscribed with a kinship term and its application. Beside each slate sits a coconut half-shell filled with pigment, evocative of the bright colours found in an Indian market. Punjabi Sheets #2: Family Tree speaks to the artist’s personal loss of tradition on migration to Britain and then Canada, and her subsequent reclamation of this heritage as an adult. The circular, repetitive nature of the piece suggests learning by rote, a process distinct from learning through regular use. The piece has widespread significance at a time when pervasive migration and advancements in communication have served to hybridize language and culture. Dhaliwal highlights the fluidity of identity and the significance of language, memory and place in shaping it.

 
Dhaliwal, Sarindar
Birbansian, Punjab, India 1953 Birbansian, Punjab, India 1953
Punjabi Sheets #2: Family Tree Punjabi Sheets #2: Family Tree
1989 1989
pigment, slate, coconut shells pigment, slate, coconut shells
height / width: 12.70 x 55.80 cm; 5.00 x 21.97 in.
Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Canada Council Acquisition Assistance Fund, 1997 Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and Canada Council Acquisition Assistance Fund, 1997
40-036

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