Fashion is the easiest and most conspicuous way to mark the political affiliations of the wearer
By Harminder Judge
For Sunscreen Judge has created an animated gif featuring the 18 haircuts supposedly allowed for women in North Korea. Judge has developed an interest in the bizarre cultural practices and civil restrictions supposedly in play within North Korea’s borders and predominantly reported to us by the tabloid press. Women can choose from 18 styles, Men can choose from 10. Harminder Judge exhibited The Inconsistency of Everything (2010) at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham presenting a body of commissioned new works; it included a dramatic live art performance, the Modes of Al-Ikseer which was presented in the Main Gallery. Harminder Judge is an artist currently based in Berlin, Germany and Sheffield, UK. He creates interdisciplinary artwork that is inspired by the things that interest him. This shifts regularly. He has shown at Art Lifestyle & Globilisation at TATE Modern, London, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, The Centre of Contemporary Arts, Warsaw, Poland, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, The National Review of Live Art at Tramway, Glasgow, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France and Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany as part of Rencontres Internationales. His most recent performance project; Do What Thou Wilt, was inspired by Norwegian Death Metal and early wax cylinder recordings of infamous British occultist Aleister Crowley and was commissioned by The Spill Festival and performed at The Barbican, London. From 2009-11 he toured his multi media performance installation The Modes of Al-Ikseer nationally and to critical acclaim. The performance involved creating a liquid floor using 2.5 tons of pasteurized milk upon which a performance, live music, and laser projected abstract animations unfolded. In 2012 his solo exhibition ‘In this strange house…’ was commissioned and shown at the New Art Gallery, Walsall. From Jan-Aug 2013 Judge was artist in residence at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, supported by Meadow Arts where he created a short film based on two sites impacted upon by the late Lord Curzon, namely Coronation Park in New Delhi and Kedleston Hall. Judge was the winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award in Performance and Live Art.