the destructors | Imran Perretta

Publication Date 2019

the destructors
© 2019 Imran Perretta

Imran Perretta’s the destructors centres on a group of young men as they navigate the social pressures of growing up in a society that has come to view them as both a physical and ideological threat. Through immersive, surround sound and staged cinematic imagery, the characters reflect on their lives and experiences through a series of monologues. Each character is captured from multiple camera angles, framed unconventionally to obscure their full identities, alluding to the institutional surveillance of British Muslims in the UK government’s anti-terror strategy. The film was shot at the Shadwell Community Centre in Tower Hamlets, east London. 

The work is presented across two screens and is currently installed at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead which is inaccessible due to the building closure as a result of covid-19. Whilst it is inaccessible this video shows both screens viewed together. We hope you can experience the work as it is installed at BALTIC in the near future. 

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.

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