Imran Perretta explores ideas of state power, identity and biopolitics. His major new film work, the destructors, draws on the artist’s own experience as a young man of Bangladeshi heritage, and explores personal and collective experiences of marginalisation and oppression. Set within the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets, the film’s script is informed by conversations with young Muslim men invited to participate in a series of roundtable discussions about issues affecting them. Through the work, Perretta mediates on the complexities of adolescence and ‘coming of age’ for young British Muslim men living in the UK.
Perretta’s film the destructors is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. It tours to partner venues throughout 2019 and 2020.
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.