Picturing resistance and resilience : South Asian identities in the work of Chila Kumari Burman

Correia, A 2020, 'Picturing resistance and resilience : South Asian identities in the work of Chila Kumari Burman' , Visual Culture in Britain, 21 (2) , pp. 199-226.

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Culture in Britain on 24th May 2020, available online: http://www-tandfonline-com.salford.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/14714787.2020.1760128


The issues of migration and the allocation of passports is a contentious issue in twenty-first-century Britain. This paper offers a timely assessment of Chila Kumari Burman’s diptych, Convenience, Not Love, 1986–7, which uses the passport motif to present a scathing indictment of British immigration policy in the post-1945 era, which champions the resilience of the British South Asian diaspora in the face of persistent racial discrimination. Taking issue with the stereotype of South Asian women as ‘meek and passive victims’, the paper concludes with a discussion of Burman’s self-portraits from the 1990s, proposing them as ‘radically narcissistic’.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Visual Culture in Britain
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1471-4787
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Funders: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Depositing User: Dr Alice Correia
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 15:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:17
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/51703

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