Artist Statement

“This series of work looks at internalized racism found in Punjabi culture that discriminates through the style of turban. Sikhs have famously been global targets of racism due to their dress code. However, there is a level of sub racism that occurs within the culture that discriminates each other by the style of turban one wears. Even though a turban should just be a turban, there is a title associated with each style and a social status. I have been victimized by this since the turban I tie is not up to par with my family status. This piece, in a western society, brings awareness to the levels of discrimination that comes from tying a turban. To a Sikh, it brings awareness of the inequality of a religion that revolves around equality.

From Volume 3
Selected by Elizabeth Ching, Fiction Editor


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