BSR Online Lecture | Fine Arts Talk


Ice cream talk

Chila Kumari Singh Burman

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Brought up in Liverpool and educated at the Slade School of Art in London, Chila Kumari Singh Burman is celebrated internationally for her radical feminist practice, spanning printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film. Her Punjabi and Liverpudlian heritage enrich her self-expressive practice. Burman mashes up stereotypes to create new identities, beyond the limitations imposed on South Asian women in a British cultural context.

Recently the artist has created a stunning technicolour installation called Remembering a Brave New World, for the Tate Britain’s iconic façade. This magnificent installation combines Hindu mythology, Bollywood imagery, colonial history and personal memories. Inspired by the artist’s childhood visits to the Blackpool illuminations and her family’s ice-cream van, Burman covered the façade with vinyl, bling and neon. She changed the figure of Britannia, a symbol of British imperialism, into Kali, the Hindu goddess of liberation and power. The many illuminated deities, shapes and words are joined by Lakshmibai, the Rani (queen) of Jhansi. Lakshmibai was a fierce female warrior in India’s resistance to British colonial rule in the 19th century.

Solo Exhibitions and Special Commissions

2020 Remembering a Brave New World, Winter Commission 2020, Tate Britain, London; 2018 Iluminating India, Science Museum, London; 2017 Dada And The Punjabi Princess, Attenborough Centre, Leicester; Self – Portrait in Sugar, MAK Gallery, London; 2017 permanent – 2 Commissioned works, Wellcome Kitchen – Wellcome Collection; 2016 Absolute! – Grace Belgravia, London; 2015 MAJAJINI RichMix London; MY RANGILI Merry-go-round Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester; 2014 THIS IS NOT ME Cookhouse Gallery, London; 2013 GENDER MATTERS Brunei Gallery SOAS, London.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017/18 The Great Print Exhibition – Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria; Coming Out – Sexuality, Gender, Identity Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery; The Past is Now and The Britìsh Empire, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery; The Place is Here, South London Art Gallery; 2016 THE 1980S Today’s Beginnings?, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; British Council collection Exhibition, British Council Gallery New Delhi; 2015 BRITISH COUNCIL IN NEW DEHLI with Mark Wallinger, Julian Opie, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, Jeremy Deller, Patrick Caulfield; 2013 SPECTACULAR SANGEET Surrey Art gallery, Canada; ITS A CUT UP, The Gallery at Flannels Leeds; WONDERLAND Veda Gallery @ Park Hyatt Chennai, India.