Navi Kaur is an artist and educator based in Birmingham. She often makes work commenting on the migrant experience, specifically journeys, the environment, storytelling and the documentary. Inspired by an archive of family photographs found in her grandparents’ home, she produces work in response to the lives they have built here in the UK, encompassing their Sikh faith and daily regimes.
Navi works predominantly through the processes of digital photography, film and installation. She works closely with her Budimom, Surinder, and Baba Ji, Karamjit (paternal grandparents), to better understand her own heritage and culture. These are manifest through feelings of displacement in organised environments and highlight the importance of celebrating cultural diversity through cross collaboration.
Her short documentary film Finding Space in Faith is installed with a large 4m x 4m carpet at The Row, part of New Art West Midlands x Coventry Biennial, replicating the traditional pattern of a carpet you would find in Sikh Gurdwaras and South Asian family homes. Her work Dreams of Green Beans is displayed at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum as part of the wider Biennial programme.
Navi’s work was selected for New Art West Midlands x Coventry Biennial by ICF earlier this year, one of 20 artists showing across Biennial sites. She is a graduate of Birmingham City University.
New Art West Midlands x Coventry Biennial and Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art continue until 24 November 2019.