Nineteen Eighty Four RememberedDate: Thursday, 10 September, 2009
Heritage Shared 2009
Visitors to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery were moved and inspired as internationally renowned artists the Singh Twins brought to life through art the traumatic events of 1984. The focus of the evening was their iconic painting ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four', which depicts the events that took place in Amritsar 25 years ago.
A short film created by the artists took the audience on a journey from their personal experiences of 1984 as children, through to their decision to express their emotions through art ‘as a powerful vehicle for highlighting the universality of political corruption and human rights abuses'.
During the accompanying Q&A session fascinated members of the public were invited to engage in discussion with the artists, who gave insight into the symbolism and historical references in their paintings, as well as their opinions on producing such a controversial piece of work! ‘This was great! Very moving and powerful. Also very informative. I never realised before that there was so much about 1984 that I didn't know!'
‘It's great to see that ASHT has put on this event. It is vital that younger generations are informed and reminded about the events of 1984. It is so important to be aware of our history, as this is what so often shapes us as individuals and as a community'
Review by Kamalpreet Kaur