All installation view, Self-loathing Flashmob, Hardeep Pandhal, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Glasgow International Director’s Programme, 2018. All images courtesy Glasgow International and Alan Dimmick.
20.04 – 07.05.18
Hardeep Pandhal creates a new installation in the institutional environs of Kelvin Hall’s foyer and dancehall.
The work of Pandhal carries a satirical and acerbic cartoonish drawing style, employed across different media including sculpture and animation. He often draws upon his background as a second generation British Sikh raised in the industrial West Midlands city of Birmingham to reflect on the psychological and material effects of assimilation in broader society.
Surrounded by a motley crew of schizoid figures that block and ‘guide’ us with their dissimulating voices, a speculative vision presented on old and new monitors forms a large sculptural monolith. Here, digital drawings deface and reinterpret fragments of video footage shot by Pandhal in a university lecture theatre during its occupation by student protestors in response to the 2010 UK governmental cuts to education.
With this large-scale work, stretching across two floors, he presents an upturned world suggesting that whilst technology might mutate, evolve and eventually slip into obsolescence, the sociopathic tendencies of the ‘totalising eye’ remain dangerously consistent.
Commissioned by Glasgow International.
Supported by Glasgow Museums and the Artist Residency Programme at Cove Park.