144pp, cloth-bound hardback, 220 x 220 mm, c.40 images
A publication and touring exhibition to share the teachings of Sikhism through artworks and stories.
‘Journey of the Mind’ is the first publication from Without Shape Without Form (WSWF), an arts organisation and arts space established in 2017 by volunteers from the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara (GMGG) in Slough, England. WSWF is the UK’s first, and currently only, permanent Sikh art gallery.
The publication has been created as an illustrated introduction to the history, stories and teachings of Sikhism. The Gurus – the teachers of the Sikh faith – shared a message of kindness, equality and inclusivity, helping all humanity find peace in troubled times and connect with truth through the journey of the mind.
The mission of the Gurus was supported by brave and inspiring warriors who, following the teaching of the Gurus, devoted their minds to Waheguru (the Creator) and found peace in the face of adversity. The last Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, is not a person, but a collection of texts embodying the teachings of Sikhism, accessible to everyone, for all time. ‘Journey of the Mind’ shares the wisdom of these texts, including excerpts in the original Gurmukhi, Punjabi.
Artworks by world-renowned Sikh artist Kanwar Singh illustrate the stories. In today’s frenetic, turbulent world, the message of the Gurus is more relevant than ever – we have everything we need within us to achieve peace. It is the ambition and hope of WSWF that people will be inspired by these words to embark on their own journey of the mind.
‘Journey of the Mind’ is a publication and travelling exhibition by Without Shape Without Form. The book has been designed and produced by Herman Lelie. It is co-published by Without Shape Without Form and Anomie Special Projects, London, and is being launched to coincide with the start of the exhibition tour at Library of Birmingham in November 2021.
RRP: £30 / €35 / $40
UK release date: 2 December 2021
US release date: 16 December 2021
Text by Koi
Artwork by Kanwar Singh
Developed by GMGG, Slough
Designed and produced by Herman Lelie and Stefania Bonelli
Co-published by Without Shape Without Form, Slough, and Anomie Special Projects, London
Images courtesy of the artist.
Installation photography by Peter Mallet.