Zarina Bhimji

Text by T J Demos and a conversation between the artist, Achim Borchardt-Hume and Kathleen Bühler

Publisher: Ridinghouse 2012 in association with Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern and The New Art Gallery, Walsall.

ISBN: 978 1 905464 51 7

Dimensions: 25 × 21.5 cm | 9 3/4 x 8 1/2 in

Pages: 128 pp, over 75 colour ill
£24.95 | $39.95

Landscapes and buildings haunted by their layered histories are the protagonists in British artist Zarina Bhimji's photographs and large–scale film installations, with India and East Africa the repeat locations for her foray into the archaeology of place. Sound and picture combine to transform image into metaphor; politics into poetry.


This volume presents the first overview of Bhimji’s work, from early installation pieces – such as She Loved to Breathe: Pure Silence (1987) – to her critically acclaimed film Out of Blue (2002), and much-anticipated latest work Yellow Patch (2011).


Accompanying a survey exhibition spanning 25 years of Bhimji’s career, this volume includes an essay by art historian and writer TJ Demos in which he analyses what he calls Bhimji’s ‘Cinema of Affect’, as well as an in-depth conversation between the artist and the exhibition’s curators Achim Borchardt-Hume and Kathleen Bühler.