DOWSER ISSUE 3: JUGALBANDI by Jasleen Kaur and Alia Syed
A6, 44 pages, colour printing, perfect bound, includes fold out text and image supplement, 2021
DOWSER Issue 3 (Winter 2020/2021) features artist-filmmakers Jasleen Kaur and Alia Syed’s “Jugalbandi.” A special tête-bêche double issue, two entwined texts respond to the shared experience of growing up Scottish and South Asian in Glasgow. Departing from each other’s moving image practice, they express the pain of desiring to find oneself in a culture whose colonial campaign has sought to flatten and petrify. Rhythm, lyric and voice are offered as tools for private resistance, for spell-breaking.
Jasleen Kaur was born in Glasgow and is now based in London. Her practice examines diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. She works with sculpture, video and writing.
Alia Syed was born in Wales and lives in London. She has been making films in the UK for over 25 years. Syed’s unique approach sutures different subject positions in relation to culture, diaspora and location.