Hardeep Pandhal and Shiraz Bayjoo explore post-colonial identities in solo shows at New Art Exchange

Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME by Hardeep Pandhal 2019 Ⓒ Reece Straw, courtesy of New Art Exchange

Taking place across two sites in Nottingham: New Art Exchange and Primary, Hardeep Pandhal’s ‘Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME’ confronts post-colonial traumas with testing humour. The show explores Pandhal’s interest in ‘dissonant heritage’ – the way societal stories and identities are subject to conflicting realities that warp and shift through time. In this exhibition digital video is layered with lurid hand-drawn cartoons, installation and Pandhal’s own deadpan rap music.

Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME by Hardeep Pandhal 2019 Ⓒ Reece Straw, courtesy of New Art Exchange

The Opposite of a Monster is a Catalogue, 2019, Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME by Hardeep Pandhal Ⓒ Reece Straw, courtesy of New Art Exchange

Meanwhile, back at New Art Exchange, cultural memory, nationhood and post-colonial identity are explored by multi-disciplinary artist Shiraz Bayjoo in ‘Searching for Libertalia’. The show draws on personal and public archives to explore the legacy of colonialism, slavery and migration across the Indian Ocean region in video, painting and photography. Luxuriant frames, cabinets and a beautifully crafted vitrine allude to the domestic, religious and institutional spaces that have shaped historical narratives.

Politique des Races pt1, 2018, Searching for Libertalia by Shiraz Bayjoo Ⓒ Reece Shaw, courtesy of New Art Exchange

The Sapele Wood Vitrine of Small Objects, 2018, Searching for Libertalia by Shiraz Bayjoo Ⓒ Reece Shaw, courtesy of New Art Exchange

Paranoid Picnic: The Phantom BAME (until 17 March 2019)

Searching for Libertalia (until 19 March 2019)