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Chai Shai British Asian Art: Krittika Sharma & Jasmir Creed in conversation

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

a white gallery space with several artworks



Presenting British South and East Asian contemporary practice by artists, writers, curators: Krittika Sharma and Jasmir Creed.

Krittika Sharma will discuss the founding of Indigo + Madder, London its programme and the potential of women of colour led spaces in London. She will also discuss her background in history of art and previous research in textile history and early Buddhist sculpture.

Indigo + Madder, London and Bio

Indigo+Madder is a London-based contemporary art gallery founded in 2019. The gallery presents local and international emerging artists, with a view towards generating impactful cross-cultural discourse. I+M is proud to focus on artists who are under-represented and from marginalised communities, especially women artists.

The gallery’s owner Krittika Sharma was born in New Delhi, India. The programme has reflected her background and research interests, especially in cultural hybridity and the diasporas of the Global South. I+M was founded in Deptford and moved to Fitzrovia in 2022. In its current space, the gallery continues hosting intimate, research-led, multidisciplinary enquiries that explore intersections of history, gender, culture and politics. I+M has introduced the work of emerging artists, such as Noorain Inam, Raisa Kabir, Haroun Hayward, Amba Sayal-Bennett and Alyina Zaidi, whose first London solos were held at the gallery. The gallery has also presented interdisciplinary projects with UK-based and international artists such as Harminder Judge, Himali Singh Soin, Leo Robinson and Jordan Martin Hell.

Jasmir Creed will talk about how as a painter she explores urban alienation and the contemporary transcultural. Most paintings show figures including of British South Asian women, commuters in urban exterior and interior environments such as domestic rooms.
Some figures are shown alone or part of a crowd. Her paintings reflect multiple viewpoints of her immediate environments. She uses monochrome as well as heightened colour and creates a vivid empathic expression in her paintings of urban scenes with crowds of anonymous people in transit. Creed will discuss how cross cultural influences of her own identity as a British South Asian artist.

Jasmir Creed is a practice-led PhD researcher at the Slade School of Fine Art. Solo exhibitions of her work include, Utopolis at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington, 2023; Dystopolis at Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, 2018 and Urban Forest at Delta House Studios, London, 2017, with a catalogue distributed by Liverpool University Press. Group exhibitions include Asia Triennial Manchester, 2018; Home and Unhome at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China, 2020; and Art Contact, Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey 2021, Where is Home? tour including Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 2022-23. Her paintings are in collections including Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool and Imperial War Museum North.

The event is chaired by artist and PhD researcher Jasmir Creed with contributions by Professor Kristen Kreider, who is Head of the Doctoral Programme at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. There will be an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session after the presentations and in conversation with Krittika Sharma and Jasmir Creed. 


Jasmir Creed is a practice led PhD researcher at the Slade School of Fine Art. She explores alienation and the transcultural in paintings of people in urban non-places or iconic historical sites, informed by her identity as a British South Asian artist. Solo exhibitions of paintings by Jasmir Creed include Urban Forest at Delta House Studios, London 2017; Dystopolis at Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool 2018 and Utopolis at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery 2023. Group exhibitions include Asia Triennial Manchester 2018, Home and Unhome at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China, 2020 and Art Contact, Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey 2021.

Bindu Mehra is currently pursuing her practice-led PhD at the Slade School of Fine Arts and her film has recently been nominated for an award at the Cannes Short Film festival. Bindu was short listed for Documenta 14 (independent project) and at Tate Britain, London UK 2009. She is the founding director of an online curatorial platform called The Digital Silk Route with the aim to fuel discourse, critical enquiry and explore possibilities of working transnationally in the arts. The collective has been fostering collaborations, exchanges and engagement between international art communities. It supports video art practices with thematic resonance to transnational identity, citizenship and migration. They have been exhibiting and screening moving image works at The University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Mississauga, MS University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, Maison de la Culture de Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Bindu has also held workshops at the Blackburn Museum and has taught at the Virginia CommonWealth University, USA.

Kristen Kreider is a writer and artist. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. In collaboration with the architect James O’Leary, Kreider’s artistic practice engages with sites of architectural and cultural interest and they are currently working on a large-scale project, Ungovernable Spaces, engaging with five sites of community and resistance globally. Acting primarily as a facilitator for this project, Kristen brings to this her experience working with postgraduate art research at UCL, Oxford and Goldsmiths. Kristen is currently Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Doctoral Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.


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