A chance to meet artist Chila Kumari Burman

This Friday, Embrace Arts will host London-based artist Chila Kumari Burman for a talk to mark the 130th anniversary of the Leicester Society of Artists and to accompany an exhibition of her recent works at the University’s arts centre.

Chila new exhibition ‘My Rangila Merry-go-around’, featuring collage, botanical works and self-portraits, opens from 20 February. Rangila, means colourful in English, highly reflected in Burman’s work. For more than twenty years, visual artist Chila Kumari Burman has been generating powerful pictures of contemporary Asian feminisms, informed by bold colour, with direction from street politics, graffiti, Hindi film, fashion and found objects.

With an autobiographical focus partly reflected on Burman’s self-portraits, the artist uses technology to manipulate media and reinvent herself, playing around with the concept of selfies.

She recently appeared on BBC Radio Leicester discussing the ideas behind her artwork. You can listen to her interview online (from 1hr 14m 30s).

The Artist Talk, organised in collaboration with Leicester Society of Artists, will take place on Friday 20 February at 7pm, tickets cost £7. Please go to www.embracearts.co.uk or call 0116 252 2455 to book tickets. There will be a reception with refreshments alongside the talk from 6pm to 9pm.