© Chila Kumari Singh Burman. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

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The image is a portrait of the artist wearing a hat. Her face is composed of smaller faces depicting Asian culture. There are rays of 'light' radiating from the portraits head which is resting on her hands. Dr Chila Kumari Singh Burman, MBE, is a British artist. Her work explores not only her immediate family but the problematic representations of South Asian women and their histories in the UK, through the lens of self-representation and identity politics. She was born in Liverpool and attended the Southport College of Art, Leeds Polytechnic and Slade School of Fine Art, where she graduated in 1982. Burman works in printmaking, painting, installation and film, and was part of the Black British Art movement of the 1980s. She draws on fine and pop art imagery in works which explore Asian femininity and her personal family history, merging Bollywood bling with childhood memories.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery







inkjet print on paper with embellishment


H 158.2 x W 82 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased with assistance from HLF Collecting Cultures Project, 2016

Work type

Mixed media & collage


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