For her first solo exhibition at Tenderpixel, Rehana Zaman presents a new video work that spans the two floors of the gallery.
‘Tell me the story Of all these things’ is an accumulation of several narrative threads drawing together intimate conversations between the artist and her two sisters, ominous animated visions of a metamorphosing body, e-learning training on Prevent, and staged, performed gestures. The work takes its title from Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s ‘Dictee’, a novel that deploys a variety of texts to examine themes of dislocation and fragmentation. Taking Cha’s work as a departure point, ‘Tell me the story Of all these things’ explores processes of disassembling as constitutive of lived experience.
Working predominantly with moving image and performance, Zaman’s work considers how the interplay of multiple social dynamics on individuals and groups, condition sociality. These narrative based artworks, often deadpan and neurotic, are frequently generated through conversation or collaboration with others. Recent works such as ‘Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena’, ‘Five’ and ‘Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen’ have taken up the entanglement of subjective experience and social life whilst riffing on a number of tropes and genres from film and television, from audition tape to soap opera, B Movie to observational documentary.
‘Tell me the story Of all these things’ attends to the particular experiences of British Muslim women, staging a cookery demonstration alongside candid conversations whilst conjuring the amorphous figure of a woman emerging from a barren landscape – a figure placed at the convergence of terror and desire.
Rehana Zaman is one of Tenderpixel's represented artists.
Rehana Zaman (b 1982, Heckmondwike UK), lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and completed her MFA in Fine Art at the same place in 2011.
She was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2017; a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City in 2015 and a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut in 2013. Zaman was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012/2013. She is a lecturer on the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Recent solo exhibitions include Speaking Nearby, CCA Glasgow (2018); Tell me the story Of all these things, Tenderpixel, London (2016/2017); Material Art Fair IV with Syndicate, Mexico City MX (2017); Giantess, StudioRCA, London UK (2016); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, commissioned by The Tetley, Leeds UK (2014); I, I, I, I and I, Art Rotterdam Projections NL with Tenderpixel (2014); What an Artist Dies in Me / Exit the Emperor Nero, Outpost, Norwich UK (2013) and I, I, I, I and I, commissioned by Studio Voltaire, London UK (2013).
Recent group exhibitions and screenings include Liverpool Biennale UK (2018); Policy Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham UK (2017); The Problem of Perspective: Interwoven Histories, Pavilion, Leeds UK (2017); Shades of Opacity, Jerwood Gallery, London UK (2016); Dry Goods, Cologne DE (2016); Artist Moving Image Film Festival, ICA, London UK (2016); exhaust, Contemporary Art Tasmania AU (2016); Marcel Tarelkin / Rehana Zaman, Joint Venture, Dusseldorf DE (2015); OFF-Biennale Budapest, Tranzit, Budapest HU (2015); Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London UK (2015); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, Konsthall C, Stockholm SE (2015); Things You Think in Order, Tenderpixel, London UK (2013); Home Theatre, Baro, São Paulo BR (2013), The GDR Goes On!, The Showroom, London UK (2012); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK (2012); We Love You, Limoncello, London UK (2012); and Other People’s Problems, Project Space Leeds UK (2011).
She is frequently invited to devise and deliver workshops, talks and events for groups and organisations such as UP Projects with Flat Time House, J4DW, Studio Voltaire’s The Syllabus, RCA, UCL, Birkbeck, London, Funen Academy, Denmark and Royal Institute of Art, Sweden.
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