Fraser Valley artist Suvi Bains explores the outer boundaries of one of the Sikh private and personal articles of faith—kesh, or Sikh men’s unshorn hair.
As a defining aspect of Sikh religious and cultural ethos, kesh is both highly visible and highly personal because of the practice of wearing turbans. Bain’s project captures the intimate acts of unfurling, grooming, tying, and wrapping of hair with a turban, embodying both a moral and spiritual response to the Sikh faith.
Curated by Laura Schneider.
Suvi Bains, Kesh, 2016, digital photograph