It’s the final month of our artist residency with Jasmin Sehra! Come by to check out the works of Jasmin, the up-and-coming London artist known for her Bolly-Hood series. Jasmin is known for her focus on fusing Hip-Hop and Bollywood influences, and was recently featured in Crack magazine.
This summer has been a busy one for Jasmsin: after launching her exhibition at Chit Chaat Chai, Jasmin has gone on to be featured in an interview with CNN International and several art shows across London. We catch up with Jasmin after a whirlwind few months for this emerging artist:
Jasmin, how did you begin your creative journey?
My creative journey started when I began keeping a journal as I dealt with mental health issues at the time. This later developed into a blog and then a brand, Paradise Girl, created out of the empowerment that writing gave me. Over time, I have merged my Punjabi culture and heritage into my art as well. Paradise Girl is a brand about sisterhood, beauty, unity and growth; symbolised through the palm tree and hibiscus flower logo.
Could you tell us a bit more about the Bolly-Hood series currently displayed in Chit Chaat Chai?
The Bollyhood Series pays homage to two cultures I grew up with: Indian/Punjabi Bollywood culture and the music I grew up listening to, most notably hip hop and rap. Looking through photographs of my parents as young adults is also a key influence – specifically their fashion throughout the 80s and 90s. This led me to explore my parent’s youth further, going through their old vintage Bollywood and Ghazal cassette tapes. If you see the pieces throughout my Bolly-Hood collection, you’ll notice key lyrics and words in the visual style of vintage Bollywood posters and my parents’ vintage cassette collection.
Why did you choose to show your artwork specifically with Chit Chaat Chai?
I felt that Chit Chaat Chai aligned with what my work is about: the fusing of two cultures. I remember when I first visited, the things that stood out the most was seeing the Indian street decor and hearing the hip hop playlist through the speakers. I knew that this would be the perfect collaboration.
What is your advice to other young artists embarking on their creative journeys?
My advice to other artists would be to never forget your roots, stay in your lane and believe in your vision. It’s so easy to drift off your own path, especially because social media has become an essential part of our everyday lives that can easily distract you from your vision. Be true to your craft, but also be open to experience new things and embrace new opportunities, because I’ve found that that’s what supports positive growth.
Jasmin’s artwork will be showing at Chit Chaat Chai until the end of September 2017. Come by Chit Chaat Chai to check it out!