Sikh Photo Exhibit in NYC

The London exhibition of Amit and Naroop’s portraits of Sikhs gives an idea of the exhibition coming to New York later this year. (Photo from Amit and Naroop via News India Times)

The London exhibit of Amit and Naroop’s portraits of Sikhs gives an idea of the one coming to New York later this year. (Photo from Amit and Naroop via News India Times)

To fight the bigotry experienced by Sikhs in the U.S., and educate the public on the religion, the Sikh Coalition will present an exhibit in New York around Sept. 11 this year. U.K.-based photographers Amit and Naroop will take photos of Sikh Americans as part of “The Sikh Project,” which follows their successful exhibit of the same subject in the U.K.

Kavita Bajeli-Datt writes for News India Times:

The photography exhibit, which explores the beauty, style and symbolism of the Sikh articles of faith, will include both turbaned men and women and feature a combination of iconic Sikh Americans and a few selected winners.

Speaking about how the idea of ‘Sikh Project’ came to them, the two photographers said it was in 2013 that it struck them when they “noticed men of different backgrounds and ages growing beards for fashion, as part of their identity.”

“Being Sikh photographers, we wanted to show that in our culture, the beard has been a part of the Sikh identity for hundreds of years,” they said in the joint interview.

Bajeli-Datt notes that the Sikh Coalition is the largest advocacy group for the community in the U.S. According to its website, the coalition started as a volunteer project the night of Sept. 11, 2001 after “an elderly Sikh and two teenagers were violently attacked in Richmond Hill, Queens, in ‘reprisal’ attacks by fellow Americans.” The organization has offices in NYC, Fremont in California, and Washington D.C.

For more on the exhibit and the photographers, go to News India Times.

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