Exhibition opening

Thurs 19 July 2018 6:30 - 8:30PM


About the Event

Join us at the launch event for our new exhibtion by Arpita Shah, Purdah - The Sacred Cloth.

Arpita Shah’s photographs portray women from the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities in Scotland, who practice the tradition of head covering or veiling. Shah highlights the significance of the Purdah – the ‘sacred cloth’ – and its deeply personal meanings to the women she collaborated with as part of the project. 

Her portraits seek to address the common misconceptions around the tradition of head covering and veiling through representations of contemporary women who choose to practice this tradition.

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“From the Persian word ‘پرده‎’ meaning ‘to curtain’, the term Purdah varies in use and meanings amongst particular South Asian cultures. It can refer literally to a piece of cloth, but is also used traditionally to signify the veiling, seclusion and privacy of women.

The women in these portraits represent a variety of cloths, which they wear day to day, during worship, or at particular religious occasions. Ranging from Sikh women in dastar and dupatta, to Hindu women in their sarees, Purdah also includes Muslim women wearing the niqab, abaya, and personal variations of the hijab.

These portraits attempt to shift the focus of the Purdah from the physical to the spiritual act of drawing open and closing the sacred cloths that each sitter chooses to embody. The work seeks to enrich our understanding of the practice of Purdah, and redress common misconceptions around the tradition of head covering and veiling, through representations of contemporary women who choose to practice its tradition.

Purdah slowly unfolds the complex and intimate relationships that these women have with their sacred cloths, offering us a glimpse into its varied uses and interpretations across diverse cultural and spiritual worlds." - Arpita Shah

Purdah -The Sacred Cloth was produced as Arpita Shah’s residency on the Albert Drive Project in Glasgow, where she collaborated with Asian women from the Pollokshields community during February and July 2013. The project was commissioned by Tramway and Glas(s) Performance.


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20 july - 3 Nov 2018


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thurs 19 july, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Everyone is welcome to our exhibition openings. These events are popular, and we ask visitors to RSVP beforehand to help manage numbers. Both galleries will be open, plus a bar and outdoor seating area. The opening is is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time.

After the launch event, Purdah - The Sacred Cloth will be open from 20 July - 3 November 2018.

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Banner image: 1) Arpita Shah, Sari, Reshma. From Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2013)