Zarina Bhimji

Zarina Bhimji, 2009 © Photo: Ralf Hoedt


I am interested in the spaces, micro details and the light of these distant interiors. The location of light is an element of my composition. Information and research become crucial aspects of my work. I would hope that the work that emerges would be distanced from its personal or historical specifications.”
(Zarina Bhimji)

Zarina Bhimji was born in 1963, the daughter of Indian immigrants in Mbarara, Uganda. She was forced to leave her country in the 1970s due to the civil war. In exile in Britain, she studied at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art, before embarking on a series of journeys which took her through India, East Africa and Zanzibar, in which she began to confront Africa’s and India’s colonial past in the form of interviews, films and photographs. The artist, who now lives and works in London, has subsequently adopted these three media as her most important forms expression.

In 2007 Zarina Bhimji was nominated for the Turner Prize for her work entitled ‘Waiting’; in 2003 she received the Infinity Award from the ICP (International Center for Photography, New York City), in the category of art photography. Her work has appeared in numerous important exhibitions, including: Zarina Bhimji – Out of Blue, The Art Institute of Chicago (2009), Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, New York (2006), Biennale of Sydney (2006), 50th Biennale, Venice (2003), Documenta11, Kassel (2002), The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2001).