Imran Perretta: the destructors

17 May 2021–29 Aug 2021


The Whitworth presents a new 2-screen film by London-based artist Imran Perretta. Drawing on the artist’s own experience as a young man of Bangladeshi heritage, the film explores personal and collective experiences of marginalisation and oppression. Shot on location in Tower Hamlets, East London, it reconsiders the figure of alienated male youth, exploring the complexities of ‘coming of age’ for young Muslim men living in the UK. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund. It premiered at Spike Island on 27 September until 8 December 2019, continuing onto partner venues throughout 2020-21. The exhibition at the Whitworth has been made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Whitworth.

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