Vivan Sundaram: Gagwaka - Making Strange

15 May 2013 – 29 Sep 2013

Event times

Wed - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 3pm

Cost of entry

Free entry

The Public

West Bromwich, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Located within a few minutes walk of West Bromwich Bus Station and West Bromwich Central Metro Station
  • Nearest train station: Sandwell & Dudley

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Vivan is a contemporary Indian artist.


His work is politically conscious and constantly refers to social problems, popular culture, memory and history. The fashion designs we are showing are all made from recycled materials.

On the streets of Indian cities rubbish is far more visible than it is in the West where it is collected and recycled by teams of people employed for that purpose. In India many city dwellers survive illegally, barely at a subsistence level, processing garbage, an essential undertaking for which they are despised.

Sundaram has worked with garbage collectors in Delhi collaborating on measures to draw attention to the conditions in which they have to live.

Gagwaka is concerned with recycling basic goods from everyday life and proposes another way of considering their place in a throwaway society - one in which the worlds of high fashion and garbage collection represent different ends of the social spectrum.

Which is of the greater value and which deserves the greater reward?

Gallery opening times:
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
* During the school holidays we will be open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 11am - 3pm on Sunday.

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