My Adornment is my Power


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Kedleston Hall
near Quarndon
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The Hall opens for the 2023 season on 17 February. This year visitors can see an exhibition by artist and jewellery designer Anisha Parmar. It aims to unlock the untold stories of some of the jewellery pieces from the Museum at Kedleston Hall and celebrates these historic pieces for their beauty, craft and meaning.

Anisha has created a new exhibition of pieces inspired by historic jewellery from South Asia at Kedleston Hall. She explores inherited jewellery and themes of power and female adornment both in Kedleston’s collection and through her own work that she has created.

There are 3 elements to the ‘My Adornment is my Power’ exhibition. This includes;

  • A display of South Asian jewellery from the Kedleston collection, with pieces selected by Anisha Parmar and shown alongside some of her own work (in Caesar's Hall on the ground floor.)
  • A specially commissioned film featuring dancer and choreographer, Kesha Raithatha inspired by elements of Solah Shringar - the South Asian ritual of proudly adorning the body with jewellery. This video is a contemporary take on the power of female adornment and was made in collaboration with Grewal Twins (who provided the music and spoken word) and was filmed by Ofilaye (shown in the Billiard room on the ground floor.)
  • Photographs of the dancer wearing items from the artist’s collection and three pieces of jewellery from the Kedleston collection (in the Saloon on the first floor.)

Visitors across all communities locally and beyond are warmly invited to Kedleston Hall to see these objects through Anisha’s eyes and contribute their own stories.

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