Zarina Bhimji: Jangbar
Launch event: 15 July 2015, 6PM- 9PM
New Art Exchange is proud to present Jangbar (2012/2015), a new film and sound installation by leading British artist Zarina Bhimji. This eagerly anticipated piece joins Bhimji's portfolio of works in film, which includes the critically acclaimed Yellow Patch (2011). Jangbar, filmed on 35mm in Kenya, is 26 minutes 37 seconds long and is installed as an immersive single screen, HD projection with surround sound. The piece is an enquiry into image, light, object, the universal, the literal and the abstract. It has grown from observation and ambiguity, yet at other moments it draws from a deep, at times bleak, political consciousness of specific moments in history.
Bhimji was born in Mbarara, Uganda and grew up in Leicester, UK. Amongst her many accomplishments, Bhimji's first film Out of Blue debuted at Documenta XI, Germany, in 2002; she was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007; and she presented a mid-career retrospective at The Whitechapel, London, in 2012. Her work is held in many private and public collections including Tate Britain, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and the UK Government's Art Collection.
Dr Anthony Downey is an academic, author and editor. He is the Director of the Master's Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art and is the Editor in Chief of Ibraaz, a research forum on the Middle East and North Africa.
Jangbar has been commissioned by FILM LONDON ARTISTS' MOVING IMAGE NETWORK and New Art Exchange. Supported by Arts Council England, the Dommering Foundation, ICIA University of Bath, Sfumato Foundation, Pérez Art Museum Miami. Executive Producers: Artsadmin and FILM LONDON ARTISTS' MOVING IMAGE NETWORK
With thanks to The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.