Three Mug Shots in a Row

© Chila Kumari Singh Burman. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Tate

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This is one of a group of six unique prints in Tate’s collection from Chila Kumari Burman’s Riot Series (Tate T14090–T14095), each of which is individually titled. They were made in 1981 and 1982 with the master printmaker Stanley Jones (born 1933) in the Printmaking Department at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where Burman was a student at the time. The Printmaking Department had established a reputation for experimenting with a range of techniques and this can be seen in this series. In Three Mug Shots in a Row 1982 (Tate T14093) the recurring image of a policeman wearing a gasmask and riot gear is presented as a series of mug shots, taken from three different positions: facing the front, turning to the right and turning to the left with his hands up).


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Three Mug Shots in a Row




photo-etching & aquatint on paper


H 16.8 x W 81.5 cm

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Presented by Tate Members 2014

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