Awards for Artists
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Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman (born 1982) is a London-based artist whose practice is concerned with the effect of multiple social dynamics on how individuals and groups relate. These narrative-based pieces, often deadpan and neurotic, are frequently generated through conversation and collaboration with others. Her working process varies with each project, from conventional production methods with a crew and actors, to 3-D animation, to collaboration with researchers, activist groups, members of the public and her family, or a combination of many of these processes at once.

A driving question within Zaman’s work is how social political concerns, in addition to providing content, can structure how an artwork is produced. To this extent she has sought to apply methods influenced by radical pedagogy, as in the writings of Paulo Freire, and psychosocial dynamics rooted in Black feminist thought.

Zaman is a founding member of the Women of Colour Index Reading group and is frequently invited to devise and deliver workshops, talks and events for groups and organisations.

Zaman’s solo exhibitions include Studio Voltaire, London; Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City and The Tetley, Leeds. Her work was also part of group exhibitions in Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Whitechapel, London; Serpentine Galleries, London and Syndicate, Cologne among others.

Since working closely with the Women of Colour Index held at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths over the past year and becoming increasingly immersed in broader feminist histories, I’m acutely aware of how structural pressures and a lack of support have resulted in the exclusion, disappearance and obscuring of a great deal of critical work by women artists. The award will have a huge impact in supporting me to maintain my practice at this critical moment, to develop as a maker and continue contributing towards a rich and varied artistic community. I feel deeply honoured to be receiving this award. Thank you.

Examples of work

Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016

Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016

HD video, stereo sound. 22 minutes 47 seconds duration (extract 2m). Most recently exhibited at 56 Artillery Lane, Raven Row, London.

Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016

Tell me the story Of all these things, 2016

Multi-screen video installation, HD TVs, stereo sound, aluminium stands, wall painting. Installation shot of exhibition at Tenderpixel, London.

Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, 2014

Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, 2014

HD video, stereo sound. 49 minutes duration (extract 1m 49s). Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Ireland.

Five, 2018

Five, 2018

Still from HD video. 13 minutes 8 seconds duration. LUX Scotland.