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Chila Kumari Burman

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1957


Chila Kumari Burman is a visual artist who explores the experiences and aesthetics of Asian femininity in paintings and installations, photography and printmaking. The complexities of the shifting formations of class, gender and ethnicities in the postcolonial context of contemporary Britain inform her work.  

In 2007, Iniva worked with Kumari Burman on the exhibition and participatory art workshop Candy Pop and Juicy Lucy in which Kumari toured her father’s original 1970s ice cream van, bringing together an eclectic mix of art and music to East London. To the beats of rap, reggae, bhangra and Punjabi folk music, a sensuous and fun environment travelled around, inviting many people to experience Burman’s mixed-media artwork whilst participating in family workshops. 

Her works have been shown in a number of institutions including the South London Gallery, London, UK (2017); The Science Museum, India, (2017); MAK Gallery, London, UK (2017); Grace Belgravia, London, UK (2016); Brunei Gallery SOAS, London, UK (2013) amongst others. 

Burman studied Fine Art Printmaking at the Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Metropolitan University) graduating in 1979, and went on to study Fine Art at Postgraduate level at the Slade School of Art UCL until 1982. She was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from UAL in 2018. 

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