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Zarina Bhimji

Born 1963

Zarina Bhimji works with photography, film and installation. She studied at Goldsmiths College, Slade School of Fine Art and University College London. She was born in Mbara, Uganda in 1963 to Indian parents, who moved to Britain in 1974 two years after the expulsion of Asians from the country by Idi Amin. Between 2003 and 2007 she travelled widely in India, East Africa and Zanzibar. Photographs taken in Uganda during this time led to her nomination for the Turner prize in 2007. Their theme was the expulsion of Asians from the country. Much of her work explores colonialism and its legacy, trade and migration through dramatic images rich with a haunting absence of people and the usual hubbub of everyday life. Beauty and light quality within each film or photograph holds sway over factual presentation. She has work in public and private collections nationally and internationally including the Tate.

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