Supnaa: Dreams of our Fathers - Part of FORMAT International Photography Festival

Free entry


16 Mar 2024 - 6 Apr 2024

12pm - 4pm

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How do you tell the story of those who gave you life?

Anand Chhabra’s series attempts to tell the story of his parent’s and their migration from India to the UK c1960s–to present day, and their hopes of a ‘new life’ together with early Punjabi migrants who arrived ‘en masse’ to the UK. This is a subject that remains largely untold photographically.

Their formative years in the Black Country and the Midlands is my particular focus, as they arrived during tensions and protests around mass migration which were heightened largely by white working classes who were empowered by infamous MPs such as Enoch Powell (Wolverhampton) & Pete Griffiths (Smethwick). The series comprises of images that are connected specifically to his parents’ story that sit in four categories: family photos, portraits (people connected to them), ephemera and conceptual images that aren’t always instantly recognisable but nevertheless are laden with meaning, much like dreamscapes.

Together these photographs attempt to describe the people, family, their desires to work hard, the changing culture of the decades and their personal hopes, dreams and faith.

Arboretum Park Orangery

12pm – 4pm on the following days:

Saturday 16 March

Sunday 17 March

Thursday 21 March

Friday 22 March

Saturday 23 March

Thursday 28 March

Friday 29 March

Sunday 31 March

Thursday 4 April

Friday 5 April

Saturday 6 April


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