Spike Island worked with artist Imran Perretta to produce his major two-channel film commission the destructors. Drawing on the artist’s own experience as a young man of Bangladeshi heritage, the film explores personal and collective experiences of marginalisation and oppression. Shot on location in Tower Hamlets, East London, it reconsiders the figure of alienated male youth, exploring the complexities of ‘coming of age’ for young Muslim men living in the UK.
the destructors was produced by Spike Island, Bristol; Chisenhale Gallery, London; and commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol; Chisenhale Gallery, London; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Imran Perretta (b. 1988, London) lives and works in London. Encompassing moving-image, sound, performance and poetry, Perretta’s work explores ideas of biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories. Perretta is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2014) Recent exhibitions include 15 Days, Jerwood Space, London (2018); Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017); it wasn’t a crash, in the usual sense, Arcadia Missa, London (2016); 5 percent, Copenhagen Art Week, Denmark; and Devotions, MOT International Project Space, London (both 2015). Perretta was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, World Museum, Liverpool and ICA, London (2014–15). Imran Perretta is shortlisted for the 2019 Film London Jarman Award.
Following the premiere at Spike Island from 28 September to 8 December 2019, the destructors is exhibited at partner venues across 2019 and 2020: Chisenhale Gallery from 17 January to 15 March 2020; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art from March to June 2020; and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester from May to October 2020.