The Udham Singh Reading Room
21st September to 18th November 2012
Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 6pm.
Viewing is by appointment
Please call 075 3047 2483
Or email email@example.com
To book a visit
At Pop Samiti Studio
646 Commercial Road
Travel; Limehouse, Westferry DLR, Mile End Tube, Bus 15,115, 135, D3 Map
The Udham Singh Reading Room is a project by artist Tajender Sagoo, on a relationship between Punjab, Britain and the present day. The visitor is invited to view, research and respond to the work, as presented in a non- linear construction of time. Found research is reconfigured in paper and cloth (print and weave) and with selected books, essays and articles.
On 13th March 1940 Udham Singh (b.1899) killed Sir Michael O’Dwyer, a former Governor of Punjab at the time of the Amritsar Massacre in 1919, at Caxton Hall, Westminster, where a meeting of the East India Association and Royal Central Asian Society was being held, on Afghanistan: The Present Position.
While awaiting trial in Brixton Prison, Udham Singh (a.k.a Mohamed Singh Azad) went on a 42 day hunger strike. The trial lasted for two days. At the trial Mr. Justice Atkinson directed that nothing said in court should be published. In 1996-97 redacted documents from the trial were released, although other files on him remain closed. On the 31st June 1940 Udham Singh (alias Sher Singh, Udhan Singh, Ude Singh, Frank Brazil) was executed at Pentonville prison.