Chila Kumari Burman in conversation with Professor Deborah Cherry
Wednesday 15th October 2014
Lecture Theatre Chelsea College of Arts Atterbury Steet, London,
Born in Liverpool to a Hindu-Punjabi family, Chila Kumari Burman was educated at Leeds Polytechnic (BA Hons, 1st Class) and undertook postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. She now lives and works in London, and exhibits both locally and internationally. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including the Tate, Wellcome Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Council and the Devi Foundation in New Delhi.
Burman will be speaking about her current practice in print, collage and mixed media, and how she utilises the physicality and pleasures of visual materials. This is most recently found in Bindi Girls – a series of female figuresmeticulously handcrafted and embellished with bindis, crystals and gems.
She will discuss her journey from her working class roots to her position in the art world today. Her new e-book “Shakti, Sexuality and Bindi Girls” by Rina Arya is available now, published by n. paradoxa international feminist arts journal.
I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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