Burnt Roti Magazine curated an exhibition inspired by Nikita Marwaha's original essay "The Beauty of Being British Asian", which looks at how British Asians battle and navigate their dual identity. The exhibition opened on 16 August with an opening party, and ran until 23 August. The overwhelming turn out of people formed a line that went right around the block, waiting to get in. There were works of 15 multidisciplinary artists as well as performances from 5 spoken word artists. The exhibition was curated by London based curator Ryan Lanji, and the piece 'How I Drive My Car' was premiered on my part. It was truly a phenomenal success.
First off; WHO IS EM-KAY?
We are a creative duo consisting of myself and photographer Kiran Gidda. We combine our individual skills to creatively direct shoots from which we produce fun and artsy digital content.
Since first blossoming in late 2016, the beginning of our journey has found us exploring subjects close to home; depicting our everyday lifestyle and the culture we are proud to be a part of as the youth. We are in a generation where young people are becoming more conscious of the world around them and learning to grow comfortable in the skin they are in.
Mums & Em-Kay
For our debut in presenting Em-Kay at our first art show, we decided to delve deeper into our exploration on our identity and ventured with a personal project.The British Asian youth are becoming increasingly aware of where they come from and aren’t shying away from it in a way they once were. In contrast to our first project, we took to the older generation and got our mums involved – since they grew up with a traditional Indian upbringing, they struggled with adjusting to their children evolving with the times so quickly, so we thought it would be interesting to style them like they were us.
The same way we love taking it back to our roots and incorporating our cultural traditions into our everyday lifestyle, we brought our mums up to speed to show them that they can do the same with the trends they’re so reluctant to get with. After years of telling us “I wish I could pull that off, but it would never suit me”, we took it upon ourselves to prove to them they can, and they looked damn good!
We styled our mums in clothes that we’d wear whilst catering to their levels of comfort, incorporating Indian culture using traditional jewellery and accessories.
Hosted at WAH Nails in Soho, the night was a huge success, with a wonderful turn out accompanied by music, drinks and free henna. We also gave out goodie bags made my ourselves with Em-Kay lighters, bandanas, bindis, stickers and more.
#EmergingArtistStories: A collaborative exhibition between Creative Debuts and Instagram which took place at the Black and White Building, Shoreditch on 1st June 2017. The exhibition celebrated 21 up and coming artists in the UK with interactive art as part of their #FreeArtFriday movement.
photos by Lewis Collister, Ryan Prince and Kevin Takagi
SOCIETY AND CULTURE: A collaborative exhibition between Creative Debuts and Meet the Artists which took place at the Black and White Building, Shoreditch from 20th - 29th April 2017. The exhibition was curated by Evar Hussyani and sponsored by Red Bull UK, featuring the works of 30 female artists.
photos by Lewis Collister and Kevin Takagi Sanchez
PORTRAITS: a London based gallery exhibition featuring UK and international artists, exploring the breaking of boundaries of what is perceived as traditional portraiture.
photos by Angie Bankhead
ART BAESL 2016: the all-female art show which took place in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. The show was curated by visual artist Jessica Marie and featured 17 female creatives artists and photographers.
#ARTBAESL2016 vlog video shot and edited by Kiran Gidda
#ARTBAESL2016 video shot and edited by Brianna Alysse