A Moment to Herself

Burman, Chila Kumari
Chila Burman's work deals with issues of identity, culture and gender, articulating her dual cultural identity through manipulation of photographic images, painting, laser, printmaking and scratch video installation works. Burman has said of her work, that it investigates the 'complexities of art practice as a highly mediated and contested area of struggle.' 'A Moment to Herself' consists of found objects from the artist's flat; these vary from lingerie to hair pieces, jewellery, flowers and make-up. The work was produced by the layering of colour techniques onto acetate, fragmenting and saturating these to produce hypercoloured prints, set in a grid-like formation. This multifaceted and dimensional artwork discusses the meaning of beauty and the 'in your face' glamour of post-feminism, but also addresses the complexities of cultural identity. Steven Burridge
  • Artwork Details: 152.4 x 208.2cm
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  • Material description: inkjet on acetate
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC9/2002



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