On Saturday, the Sikh Coalition will open a photo exhibit called the Sikh Project, featuring 20 portraits of Sikh-American men and women embracing their turban style. Sapreet Kaur, the executive director of the Sikh Coalition, told the Cut of the project, “Sikhs have been an integral part of the American fabric for over 125 years. Despite this, Sikhs have been victims of increased discrimination, harassment, and violence in the years after September 11, 2001, as the American public, through the media, began to equate the turban and beard with terrorism,” she wrote. But the Sikh Project “images show the resilience, diversity and beauty of the Sikh American community as they pursue the American dream.” The intent behind the project is to reveal to the world what it’s really like to “look like an American.”
The photographs, which embrace the turban as “a public declaration of sovereignty and equality of all people, irrespective of caste, class, creed or gender,” are on view at 530 Broadway from September 17 to 25. The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the exhibit is free to visitors. For more information, visit the Sikh Coalition.