Exhibition: Self-Portraits, This Is Not Me

'28 Positions in 34 Years' by Chila Kumari Burman, Inkjet print, 1992 – 2004

Self-Portraits, This Is Not Me

The first in the Ghost series of single works is Chila Kumari Burman's Self Portraits - This is not me. (03 - 07 November 2014)

'Self-Portraits – This Is Not Me' took the form of a room-sized installation in the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts, of Chila Kumari Burman’s ground-breaking self-portrait prints and paintings from the early 1990s until the present day.

Burman’s work in this area has been informed by an incredibly complex creative matrix that draws on a bewildering array of heterogeneous elements: fashion; Bollywood; found objects; the politics of femininity; ‘auto-portraiture’ exploring the production of the artist’s own sexuality and dynamism; the relationship between popular culture and high art; gender and the body-politic.

Throughout these works is a consistent and insistent commitment by the artist to explore the politics of print making as an extensive reproductive and accessible technology.
 
For more than thirty years, visual artist Chila Kumari Burman has experimented across print, collage, paint, photographic and mixed media. She draws on fine art and popular-cultural images to extend the visualisation of contemporary Asian femininities.

A leading figure among UK Black and Asian artists, Chila explores her autobiographical construction within shifting formations of class, gender and ethnicities in the postcolonial context of contemporary Britain.