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Sunara Begum - Retracing the Eye: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

10 Oct 2015 – 3 Jan 2016


Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
PO40 9QE

01983 756 814

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Sunara Begum - Retracing the Eye: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless



10th October 2015 – until 3rd January 2016

Dimbola Museum & Galleries presents a stunning collection of new works by the visual artist and photographer, Sunara Begum. A British artist of Bangladeshi descent she explores perspectives on homeland, retracing legacies and memories of forgotten history. Begum has a unique ability to evoke an immediate emotional connection between subject and viewer and much of her work is occupied in capturing and conveying the expressions, emotions and gestures of her subjects.

Begum’s interest in the pioneering work of the 19th century Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, inspired her to stage a new interpretation of her work, engaging and developing a timeless relationship with her images. Begum re-imagines the life of her silent subjects, over a century later, and her work is a symbol of untold stories. This exhibition suggests the power of reclaiming the silenced voice that is all too often written out of human existence.

Retracing the Eye is a new solo exhibition by Sunara Begum of 26 etchings, carborundums and woodcuts that follow an intimate and poetic narrative. Begum uses elemental materials drawn from the environment and her work is intrinsically connected to the landscape that she newly engages with. The colours and textures in her work have reminiscences of terracotta, earth pigment and draws from her own indigenous culture.

Dimbola is open Tuesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm

Adults £5; Concessions (Seniors, Students) £4.50; Families (2 Adults, 2 Children) £12; Under 18s £2; Under 5s Free; Art Fund, Friends of the JMCT, Museums Association Free.