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Nilupa Yasmin / Grow me a Waterlily


Grow me a Waterlily

আমার জন্য একটি শাপলা পরিচর্যা কর

Mixed media

2017- ongoing


‘Amar jono ekṭi Shapla poricharjya khoro- Grow me a Waterlily’ dwells in the space between expectations and traditions, by offering an exploration into the self, the home and the idea of belonging. Artist Nilupa Yasmin is present in her work both visually and physically, portraying her identity through the understanding of craft and the politicised notion of fabric.

As a British, Bengali, Muslim woman she aims to create a place for herself. In doing so, she explores the ideas of what she should, could and would be.

‘Grow me a Waterlily’ shows intricately woven archival images combined into self portraits, incorporating bold statements made from Yasmin’s headscarf to her mothers wedding saree. In this, each image tells a story of her journey into self discovery.

Paying homage to her Bengali traditions and Yasmin’s persistence in creating a space, viewers are invited to be a part of this installation of a contemporary British Bengali living room. Weaving as a form of self-expression is brought together with these striking self-portraits that study her identity. Physically weaving together her many identities this piece conveys Yasmin’s journey into learning about the person she has become.


About the artist:

Nilupa Yasmin’s work is primarily lens based, while taking a keen interest in the notion of culture, self-identity and anthropology. Combined with her love for handcraft and photographic explorations, the artist repeatedly draws upon her own South Asian culture and heritage. The practice of weaving, passed down through inheritance, has become an integral exploration in the development and expression of human value. Her research examines the principles of craft in art based practice; becoming an evident methodology shown throughout her work and investigating ideals and traditions that are very close to home.

Her recent project ‘Grow me a Waterlily’ has been exhibited at the Argentea Gallery, 2018, as well as Coventry’s Culture Bid 2021. She is an exhibiting artist for Birmingham Big Art Project and currently a commissioning artist with Multistory and Photo Archive Miners.