The Guardian- colourism

Every Asian woman has a colourism story to tell. Maybe it was last week, when a relative remarked on how dark she had gone in the sun. Or perhaps it’s a story from girlhood: the first time someone said she shouldn’t play outdoors because she would “tan”. Either way, wherever we are on the colour spectrum, we have all had a moment when we realised that, among our own people, darker skin wasn’t valued, loved or admired...



Jasmin Sehra knew she was onto something when M.I.A. Instagrammed her work. “It’s amazing!” the London-based artist said of the thumbs up from the “Paper Planes” rapper. “Over the years I've had a lot them repost or acknowledge my paintings including M.I.A., even Bollywood stars have reached out.”



Inspired by writer Nikita Marwaha’s essay "The Beauty of Being British Asian", you can expect to see how 15 multimedia and five spoken word artists interpret both identities. Each has selected a line that best fits their take on juggling their south Asian values with their British upbringing, from photographer Dejah Naya McCombe’s "Punjabi Skinhead" portraits to visual artist Jasmin Sehra’s "BollyHood" series fusing her Punjabi heritage with her love of hip-hop.

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Skinnydip Sisterhood

Campaign celebrating diverse female creatives within the creativity industry. A collaboration with Skinny Dip x The Other Box.

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Growing up in London, Jasmin Sehra was surrounded by a family that helped sow the seeds for her imaginative and colorful brain. Whether it was the classical Indian musicians who’d have “jam sessions” in their home, the constant snaps being taken, or the musical influence of her twin brother...

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As part of Huck's new film on UK grime culture, trailblazing London artist Jasmin Sehra talks heritage, hardships, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

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Jasmin Sehra pays homage to pioneers of hip-hop by artistically reimagining them in the stylized aesthetic of Indian film posters.

A series of paintings she’s dubbed ‘Bolly-Hood’. It’s hybridity at its finest, urban culture within a Bollywood framework; a visual ode to the East and West. Kendrick Lamar, Queen Latifah and M.I.A vibrate with colour and cultural significance. Meanwhile Drake and his collaborators against a floral backdrop capture the essence of More Life’s far-reaching rhythms.