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.

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 with support from Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

On 2nd July 2020 Tate Britain announced that Imran Perreta is one of ten the ten artists who will each receive one-off £10,000 bursaries in place of this year’s Turner Prize. The artist was commended by the jury for his powerful recent film, the destructors 2019.

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