British visual artist, filmmaker and Turner prize nominee Zarina Bhimji has joined her portfolio of film pieces made between 2012 and 2015, including Yellow Patch (2011) and Out of Blue (commissioned for and co-produced by Documenta 11) in a new film and sound installation titled Jangbar. The piece, filmed on 35mm in Kenya and with a separately produced soundtrack by Martyn Ware and combining a series of multilingual mutterings, explores the multi-ethnic and globally diverse British community today. Imagery ranges from the bleak to the abstract in this observational piece which draws upon history and our political consciousness.
Surrounded by immigrant communities, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, often works with artists of ethnic minority or on topics surrounding these issues, engaging with the narratives born through our constantly shifting cultural landscape, history and heritage. Zarina Bhimji is one of a small group of contemporary artists working in this area, awakening the social and political awareness of a new generation of artists and allowing experiments and journeys to take place via her practice.
Talks and discussions will surround the screening, visit the New Art Exchange website for further details.
Zarina Bhimji: Jangbar, 16 July-27 September, New Art Exchange, 39 – 41 Gregory Blvd, Nottingham NG7 6BE.
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1. Zarina Bhimji, still from Jangbar, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and New Art Exchange, Nottingham.