Chila Kumari Burman
Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s feminist practice examines representation, gender, and cultural identity. Challenging stereotypical assumptions of South Asian women in the UK, she works across a wide range of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film. A key figure in the British Black Arts movement in the 1980s, Burman often uses self-portraiture as a tool of empowerment and self-determination. She was selected as the fourth artist to complete the Tate Britain Winter Commission in 2020, and has since gone on to complete a number of high profile commissions at FACT, Liverpool; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool and Covent Garden’s historic market stall building, London. In 2017, she was awarded her Honorary Doctorate and Honorary Fellowship from the University of Arts in London and in 2022 she was awarded an MBE for her services to the arts. Burman has exhibited both nationally and internationally. While her works are held in a number of notable public collections including the Arts Council Collection, British Council, Science Museum, Tate Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum and Wellcome Trust in London.