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Chila Kumari Burman

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1957


Chila Kumari Burman is a visual artist who explores the experiences and aesthetics of Asian femininity in paintings and installations, photography and printmaking. Across the media Chila uses, she explores her autobiographical construction within shifting formations of class, gender and ethnicities in the postcolonial context of contemporary Britain. In 2007, Iniva worked with Kumari Burman on a participatory art workshop. ‘Candy Pop and Juicy Lucy’ saw Kumari tour her father’s original 1970s ice cream van which bought together a fun mixture of art and music to East London. Housing a soundtrack mix of rap, reggae, bhangra and Punjabi folk music, it created a sensuous and fun environment to experience Burman’s mixed-media artwork whilst participating in family workshops.

Her works have been shown in a number of institutions including the South London Gallery (2017), The Science Museum, India, (2017), MAK Gallery, London, (2017), Grace Belgravia, London (2016), Brunei Gallery SOAS, London, (2013) amongst others.

Burman studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University) graduating in 1979, and went on to study Fine Art at Postgraduate level at the Slade School of Art UCL until 1982. She was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from UAL in 2018.

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