b. 1988, London, U.K.; lives and works in London, U.K.
Imran Perretta makes films that combine politics and personal experience. The son of a Bangladeshi mother and an Italian father, he grew up in South London in a political landscape shaped by the Islamophobic ‘war on terror’ in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. His work reflects his acute awareness of the ways in which state aggression is enacted on young men of color. He is also keenly concerned with the human impact of government policy on the lives of individuals. Perretta is also a musician and poet: his poems accompany his films and also act as their starting point. His most recent film is the destructors, which was shot on location in Tower Hamlets, East London and presented across two screens, it also uses his poetic writing, an atmospheric soundtrack and computer-generated special effects to explore the complexities of coming of age as a young Muslim man in the UK.
Imran Perretta's recent exhibitions and performances include Suroor. (Live performance in collaboration w/ Nabihah Iqbal & Paul Purgas) Betonhalle, CTM Festival, Berlin (2023); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); The Condition of Being Addressable, Institute of Contemporary Art, LA, (2022); the destructors, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; ALTIC, Gateshead; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Chisenhale Gallery, London (2020); Spike Island, Bristol (2019); 15 days, Bucharest International Film Festival, Bucharest (2019); BONDS, Gallery 31, Somerset House, London (2019); Wysing Polyphonic Festival, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2018); brother to brother, Jerwood Space, London, (2017); ‘5 percent’, CPH Art Week, Christianshavn Station, Copenhagen (2015).
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