Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman, How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear? (film still), 2018

Rehana Zaman, How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear? (film still), 2018

Rehana Zaman (b. 1982, Heckmondwike, UK) lives and work in London. Working predominantly with the moving image, she is concerned with how individuals and groups relate and the effects of multiple social dynamics. Her narrative-based pieces, often deadpan and neurotic, are frequently generated through conversation and collaboration with others. 

Rehana Zaman’s new film for the Biennial has been developed over the course of six months with a group of young women from Liverpool at Blackburne House; it is also the starting point for a new women’s film co-operative. How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear? draws upon marginalised histories of the city and explores the work of anti-racist and women-led grassroots film organisations. The group has documented the development of the co-operative as the project has unfolded, addressing their experiences as young women of Somali and Pakistani background and the complexities of working collaboratively. It interweaves fictional and non-fictional accounts of past, present and invented occurrences to examine how spaces and positions of authority are gendered and racialised.

Zaman was awarded a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City in 2015 and a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut in 2013. She was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012–13. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Serpentine Projects, London, UK (2018); CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018); Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Tenderpixel, London, UK (2016); The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2014); and Studio Voltaire, London, UK (2013).

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial

Supported by

Tenderpixel, London

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