Permindar Kaur is a British artist of Indian descent. Her works often feature soft colourful toys, which have an underlying strangeness and violence. She mixes playful childhood motifs with serious meditations on migration, integration and identity. She herself says: ‘I am interested in creating an environment which at first glance appears safe and yet is a distortion of that which is intimate and secure, an illusion of security’.
‘Turbans’ (2012), which features nine turkey-like toys’ heads with bronze helmets and beaks, is part of a larger series called ‘Defend’. Like many of her works, it combines the soft and hard, the innocent and disturbing.