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Zarina Bhimji

  • CountryUganda
  • Born1963


Born in 1963 in Mbarara, Uganda, Zarina Bhimji now lives and works in London and Berlin.

Immediately after receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of London in 1987, she began exhibiting her work in group exhibitions. Following post-graduate work she became an Artist in Residence at Darwin College in Cambridge. In 1996, her work was part of the “In/Sight” exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Bhimji’s work has been shown extensively both in the UK and abroad and her solo shows include Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2009); Haunch of Venison, Zurich, (2007); Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam (2007); Haunch of Venison, London (2006); Matrix, Wadsworth Athenium, Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut (2003); Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2003); Talwar Gallery, New York (2001); and I will always be here, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1992). Her work has also been shown at Capturing Time, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art, Hayward Gallery, London (2006); Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, ICP, New York (2006); British Art Show 6, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2005); Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002); Fault Lines, Venice Biennale (2003); Poetic Justice, Istanbul Biennale (2003); The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2001), which toured to Berlin, Chicago and New York and No Place (Like Home), Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (1997).

Zarina Bhimji was DAAD’s artist-in-residence in Berlin 2002 and received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 1999. Her work has entered the collections of many major international museums and private collections including Tate, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA; Moderna Museet, Sweden, Government Art collection, London, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, USA.

Her work, Out of Blue, was commissioned and produced by Documenta 11, held in Cologne, Germany in 2002. Bhimji returned to Uganda to film the architecture, airports, and graveyards as well as the military barracks, police cells, and prisons of Amin’s reign of terror. In her work Zarina Bhimji explores the politics and poetics of power and history through images rich in colour, texture and content.

Zarina Bhimji is 1 of the selectors for Iniva’s ‘Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity’ exhibition (28 January – 13 March 2010).

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