Photography for Firstsite - The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

June 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

In May I was really pleased commissioned to photograph the opening of Firstsite's latest exhibition, The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion. It was a fantastic evening and I highly recommend visiting the exhibition, which is open until 11 September 2022. I've already been twice and hope to visit again!

 

Photograph of 3 panels forming a light box artwork with 3 people silhouetted in front, at The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

 

"Explore narratives around Empire, enslavement, conflict and luxury consumerism connected to the story of India’s historical trade in textiles, and the relevance of these issues in our world today, in this colourful and thought-provoking exhibition, from internationally acclaimed artists, The Singh Twins." - Firstsite

 

It is incredible to see the research, inspiration and initial sketches that go into the final stunning, intricate light box artworks and satirical paintings.

 

“If you care about the environment and you care about human rights, then you should really care about what you put in your shopping basket too, and that’s partly what the message of Slaves of Fashion is about. But it’s equally about redressing neglected and hidden histories, showing how we are all connected through a shared colonial heritage and how our understanding of global narratives around Empire can help us to view ourselves and the world around us in a new light.” – The Singh Twins, 2022.
 

I've shared a few images below but visit Firstsite's website to find out more about The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

 

Photograph showing the backs of two people looking at artworks in a case, at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. They are in front of a red wall hung with artwork and text reading 'Coromandel: Sugar and Spice, Not so Nice' to the left and 'Indigo: The Colour of India' to the right.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.

 

Photograph of 4 people at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. The people in the centre are smiling and looking upwards. Behind them are artworks on a dark blue wall.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
People watch a video on a screen on the wall at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite, to right people look at artworks on a red wall.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of a visitor to The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite looks at an interactive screen on a plinth in the centre of the image. To the right are out of focus people and to the left one of the light box artworks is reflected in the glass of a door.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artwork © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of The Singh Twins speaking into a microphone at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Behind them a crowd of people gathers to listen and on the red wall above them is written 'The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion'.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
People in discussion at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Behind and to the right is a light box artwork and text on the dark blue wall reads "The Indies, so long superior to Europe - the Indies, which inundated the West with her product and exhausted the riches of Europe - the Indies are conquered in their turn... So great is the power of the progress of machinery." The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of people (to the left) looking at artworks on a red wall (to the right) and in a display case (in the centre) at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of two people in conversation at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite, part of a light box artwork is visible to the right.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of two people looking at artwork in a display case, with artworks visible on the white wall to the left and a red wall behind, at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of three people in discussion, looking at a light box artwork, which is to the left of the frame, at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of The Singh Twins standing in front of 3 panels comprising one of their light box artworks at the opening of The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
Photograph of 3 panels forming a light box artwork with people silhouetted in front, at The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite.The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at FirstsiteThe Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion at Firstsite. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd for Firstsite. The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion opening at Firstsite, Colchester. Artworks © The Singh Twins, photograph by Jayne Lloyd.
 

It is a magnificent exhibition with incredible artistry that truly makes us consider the human and environmental cost of luxury goods.

 

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion is open until Sunday 11 September 2022

Firstsite

Lewis Gardens, High Street, 
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Website: firstsite.uk
Telephone: 01206 713 700
Email: [email protected]
 

 


 

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