Imran Perretta discusses the themes of his commission, including biopolitics, state power and experiences of societal marginalisation, with curator Amal Khalaf.
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). In 2016, Perretta presented Pale News, a performance devised in collaboration with artist Milo van der Maaden and members from the PoC and LGBTQ communities in East London, as part of Chisenhale Gallery’s 21st Century programme of performances and events.
Amal Khalaf is a researcher, curator and currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, working on the On the Edgeware Road project. She is also Commissioning Editor (Projects) at Ibraaz and a founding member of the GCC Collective, a multi-disciplinary collective that explores questions of identity and institutions across the Gulf, and with an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, her research addresses themes of urbanism, community media activism and art through participatory projects and media initiatives.