Imran Perretta

b. 1988, London, UK


2012-2014 MFA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
2007-2010 BSc Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK

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Artist’s Statement

Encompassing moving image, performance, installation and drawing, Imran Perretta’s work occupies a shifting liminal territory between times and places. Perretta deploys the authentic trace alongside the theatrical and the constructed to produce a series of meditations on memory, loss and the ambivalence of belonging. Whilst his practice is situated in a personal narrative, it seeks to reflect on wider questions of identity and the passing of individual and cultural histories.

The inheritance of identity, language, culture, and its subsequent disappearance between generations is something that is synonymous with the migrant experience, and it is this complex narrative of loss and belonging that Perretta seeks to meditate upon. Through the three works presented in New Contemporaries, Perretta attempts to reconcile the multifarious experience of a third generation, mixed-heritage immigrant to reflect on this disappearance.

From the disparate found objects and recordings of ‘Devotion’, to the low-resolution footage and whispered prayer of Namaz, Perretta attempts to disrupt the embedded violence of Islamophobic imagery and to re-situate these cultural signifiers from a societal to a domestic scale.  In I Cannot Remember My Mother, Perretta attempts to recite Tagore’s eponymous poem in his late Mother’s native tongue, Bengali, implicating his own body in the fading of a shared culture, language and the shifting territory of his own identity.

Recent Exhibitions

2014 The Red Mansion Art Prize, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2014 Arbor, Materials Museum, University College London, London, UK
2014 MA Screening, The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
2013 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Multiple Venues, York, UK

Awards and Residencies

2013 The Red Mansion Art Prize, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK and Beijing, China
2013 Moving Image Award, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK

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