Gagandeep Banga, The Kesh Series

Gagan Banga, The Kesh Series, 2015

4th year OCAD U Photography major Gagan Banga‘s recent work, “The Kesh Series”,  is on display at the Peel Art  Gallery Museum & Archives .  The exhibition, “Sikhi 101: An introduction To The Sikh Way Of Life” is in partnership with  Sikh Heritage Month and runs April 1-30, 2015.  Come out to the opening festivities on Thursday, April 2nd from 6-9pm to help celebrate Banga’s success!

Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives

9 Wellington Street East, Brampton, ON

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Admission is free for the month of April, courtesy of the Sikh Heritage Community.

Artist Statement: 

“The Kesh Series” is an on going photo series that focuses on Sikhism and the importance behind tying a turban and the keeping of kesh (uncut hair). In Sikhism, the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji commanded all Sikhs to maintain 5 articles called the 5 K’s to help achieve ones inner self, Kesh (uncut hair) being one of the articles. The turban (also called “Dastaar”) is an identifier and symbol of a Sikh male or female. Sikhism is built on the belief God is the perfect and divine creator therefore the keeping of uncut hair and the turban to be worn over it is a sign of self-respect and pride. The images you are viewing are of young Sikh males who are either in the beginning stages of wearing a turban or have been wearing a turban for less than eight years. Throughout the series of photographs you will see young Sikh males ranging from the ages of 15-22 years old, tying their turbans on their own or with assistance. The idea behind “The Kesh Series” is to educate the general public about Sikhism and the meaning of keeping Kesh and the tying of the turban.

– Gagan Banga