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Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Tales of Valiant Queens

20 October 2018 - 3 February 2019

Image credit: Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Punjabi Rockers 2005.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Chila Kumari Singh Burman is a British Asian artist who makes prints, sculptures and films that explore the intersection of gender, class and ethnicity in the construction of identity. Her vibrant work is rooted in her understanding of the diverse and hybrid nature of culture as shaped by her upbringing in a working class Punjabi Hindu family in Liverpool.

Exhibiting nationally and internationally since the mid-1980s, Burman was a key player in the British Black Arts movement of that time. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Arts, London for her outstanding contribution to the field of art.

This exhibition surveys her practice, bringing together works made between the 1970s and today that focus on themes of female empowerment, social and political activism, folk traditions and colonial legacies.

Forming part of the survey, and part of the Middlesbrough Collection is July 13th 1981, Chapeltown Uprisings and the Five Demands (1981), acquired by MIMA in 2017 with support from the Art Fund.

Burman joins us on 20 October 2018 for the exhibition opening and to share insights into her practice and latest exhibition.


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