Black Country Punjabi Workers – starting points
My focus has been in creating a project with the idea of collecting some sort of photographic images stored in archives of the Punjabi community’s involvement with work in the Black Country. Many were invited to the Black Country region to work in its factories and foundries during the 1960s onwards, however my question and research to this project relates to the visual evidence of their work in these places and how can this visual imagery be collated for future generations?
I have started to explore images that reflect the truth of the years of factory work by the Punjabi community, my starting point being to access and research the images locally in archives and collections that already exist around the region. I have also have some images I took in my early years with the experimenting with the photographic medium of Punjabi’s at work. However I will be exploring new ways and found images related to the period through intense research.
I have been placed within the Dudley area to work this project and have made contact with Dudley College and will be working alongside first and second-year students. My first class will be with second-year students in mid-September onwards where I will introduce my work around the above subject. I will be showing the students about the value of archival projects and creating projects out of this.
As connected to approaching community groups that meet in the City of Wolverhampton I have liaised with a third party org have organised some drop-in sessions that take place on Tuesdays at Central library.
Alongside the archival images I wish to create portraits of the people for this project along the way and collect their stories and experiences of who worked in the factories. This I hope to give some artistic context and narration to the images I find.