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Jangbar - Zarina Bhimji

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2015
Published by: New Art Exchange
Year published: 2015
Number of pages: 24
ISBN: 978-0-9932659-1-4

image of Jangbar - Zarina Bhimji

Small but very useful catalogue accompanying Jangbar - Zarina Bhimji, an exhibition of a newly commissioned film took place at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 16 July - 27 September 2015.

More than half the catalogue consists of full colour stills from Jangbar. The main text in the catalogue was an essay by Franklin Sirmans, which concluded with, “As my words above attempt to lay out, to lay bare, sound, both abstract and as a content-laden spoken word, is as much an element within Bhimji’s artistic practice as the moving image. She scripts sound and works film as pliable media, like paint for a painter or clay for a sculptor. Jangbar represents the culmination of years of research and careful editing and of collected and archival material. The landscape appears as an early twenty-first century location occupied by an uncomfortable lightness of being. Now matter how lush, how colourful the scene may be, Bhimji reminds us that we have places and moments in which to imagine better even as the present keeps catching up with the past.”

Contents as follows:

Preface, written by Skinder Hundal, CEO, New Art Exchange,

Essay, “Zarina Bhimji: Metaphorically Speaking”, by Franklin Sirmans

page of extensive credits

exhibition details (including its tour to ICIA, University of Bath)

brief biographical paragraph on Zarina Bhimji.


New Art Exchange is delighted to present as a commissioning partner, the UK premiere of Jangbar (2012/2015), a new film and sound installation by leading British visual artist and filmmaker 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.

From the Preface to the catalogue Jangbar - Zarina Bhimji, .


Related people

»  Zarina Bhimji

Born, 1963 in Mbarara, Uganda

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Art Exchange Gallery / New Art Exchange

Nottingham, United Kingdom