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Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness | Chila Kumari Singh Burman at Lavit Gallery, Cork


Date(s) - 19/09/2019 - 12/10/2019

The Lavit Gallery





Opening: 19th September, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

Cork Printmakers presents an exhibition by British, London-based artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, organised in collaboration with the Lavit Gallery, Cork. ‘Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness’ is Burman’s first exhibition in Ireland and is curated by Miguel Amado, Director and Curator of Cork Printmakers.

Burman’s practice explores the relationship between gender, class and ethnicity in the construction of identity. Her key medium is printmaking, often with collage, although she also uses sculpture, film and photography. She studied at Leeds Polytechnic and initiated her career in the late 1970s. She became a key player in the British black arts movement during the 1980s and has been exhibiting widely in England and internationally since then.

The exhibition features a selection of prints made between the late 1970s and the late 1980s examining themes such as racism, immigration policies and legacies of British imperialism. In addition, the exhibition features more recent prints, collages and films considering feminism, personal diasporic narratives and sexuality within patriarchy.

Burman’s work is held in a number of private and public collections including Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and British Council. She is the recipient of many awards, residencies and commissions, including for the Science Museum, London, and an Honorary Doctor of University of the Arts London for outstanding contribution to the field of art.


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