Jagdeep Raina

Region: MFA Annual

The precarious history of Punjabi communities exists in overlooked archives: books, oral history manuscripts, VHS tapes, records, and cassettes tucked away in cardboard boxes, yellow photographs in peeling albums stuffed in cupboards and shelves, in basements, on sporadic online databases, and in the research of quiet scholars who have dedicated their lives to painstakingly recording a history lived at the margins. Sifting through these sources, I grasp at whatever I can find and hold on long enough to swallow the images and histories whole and then resurrect them in works of art. My drawings depict the psychologically fraught landscapes of people living in a place so unsettlingly foreign—in melancholic private interiors or proudly built Sikh temples—and the domestic and material cultures of the lives they have led and continue to lead.