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York’s Café at Ikon
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A roundtable discussion between artists Hira Butt, Nilupa Yasmin, Dr Bharti Parmar and Raksha Patel. Chaired by Ikon Research Assistant, Roo Dhissou.

Hira Butt is an artist whose work considers ideologies of gender and cultural dominance, exploring the place of Pakistani women within marital and domestic spaces. Through personal experience and conversations with married Pakistani women, the artist seeks to critique both the wedding day, and the life promised that often does not materialise. Butt was the recipient of the Master Degree Prize in Medium Practice, Birmingham City University (2018). Selected exhibitions include Ikon Art Trail, Selfridges Birmingham (2021) and Coventry Biennial (2019).

Nilupa Yasmin is an award-winning artist and educator. Working primarily in lens based media, Yasmin takes a keen interest in the notion of culture, self-identity and anthropology. Whilst investigating ideals and traditions that are very close to home, she repeatedly draws upon her own identity through gender, religion and her Bangladeshi culture and heritage. Yasmin’s research examines the principles of craft in art-based practice and the expanded materiality in photography. Selected exhibitions include a solo show at Mac Birmingham (2021) and participation in Coventry Biennial (2019).

Dr Bharti Parmar is an artist and academic. Parmar studied Fine Art Printmaking at Royal College of Art and has a PhD in material culture studies. She has participated in several international residency programmes and her work is represented in institutional collections such as Government Art Collection and V&A Museum. Parmar is co-editor of Vol. 4. Colour of Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles and serves as an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. Forthcoming exhibitions include Khadi, a major solo presentation at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery for the British Textile Biennial (2021).

Raksha Patel works as an artist, writer, and lecturer. She studied at the Slade School of Art (1998). Patel’s paintings focus upon notions of locality and identity, exploring the history of British South Asian life in the 1970/80s. Patel is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts and lectures at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Her recent exhibitions include Stellatus Re-Visited, Site Gallery (2019) and The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2019 and 2020) and Home and Unhome, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (2020).

Roo Dhissou is Ikon Research Assistant for the current exhibition A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s. Dhissou explores the relationships and connections we have with one another as well as how we formulate a sense of self. Through her arts practice she investigates how multiplicity in culture is conducive to the concept of belonging and space. Selected awards include AHRC UKRI PhD Scholarship (2021) and Tate Liverpool Artists Award (2020). Selected exhibitions include New Art Gallery Walsall (2022) and Niru Ratnam (2021).

This event is part of The Migrant Festival 2021.