From October 2022 until January 2023 Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery presented The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion in collaboration with East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts.

During the exhibition Aloys was Front-of-House Manager for Norwich Castle Museum and oversaw training and briefing Visitor Services staff, wrote and presented tours, facilitated educational visits and assisted with installation of the works.


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Aloys leading a tour of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rav Singh - A Little History of The Sikhs
Aloys leading a tour of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rav Singh - A Little History of The Sikhs
Aloys leading a tour of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rav Singh - A Little History of The Sikhs.
Aloys leading a tour of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rav Singh - A Little History of The Sikhs.
Slaves of Fashion explores how the history of Indian textiles is a global story of Empire, conflict, enslavement and luxury lifestyle which has contemporary relevance - connecting to ethical trade, consumerism and attitudes to race in the world today.
Included in the exhibition are eleven striking, highly detailed and symbolic digital mixed medium portraits printed on fabric and displayed as lightboxes. Collectively they reveal not only the beauty, renown and craftsmanship of Indian fabrics but also their political, social and cultural significance as a commodity connected to complex narratives of colonial history. Being seen for the first time is a commission in response to items in our collection, which will go on permanent display at Norwich Castle after the exhibition. Also included are artist films, as well as smaller drawings, paintings and archival material offering insights into the Twins’ creative thinking and processes.
About The Singh Twins
The Singh Twins’ British-Asian heritage has played a significant role in influencing their work, and they are widely known for pioneering a modern development of the Indian miniature tradition within contemporary art practice. Inspired by Eastern and Western artforms, the Twins’ use artistic language from centuries ago to address a range of modern, social and political themes through a combination of hand-painted and digital techniques. At the heart of their work lies the desire to challenge narrow perceptions of heritage, culture and identity and show a more balanced representation and understanding of the past can influence how we relate to the present.
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