She lives and works in London.
Life and work
She participated in documenta 11 in June to September 2002 with her 16 mm film Out of Blue.
In 2003–07, she travelled widely in India, East Africa and Zanzibar, studying legal documents and the stories of those who formed British power in those countries, carrying out interviews and taking photographs.
In 2003 Bhimji received the International Center for Photography's, Infinity Award in the Art Photography category.
In 2007, she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for photographs of Uganda. Their theme was the expulsion of Asians from the country by Idi Amin and the subsequent loss and grief caused. The photographs were exhibited at Haunch of Venison gallery in London and Zurich. Her Turner Prize display included a film, Waiting, which was shot in a sisal-processing factory.
The Tate gallery describes her work:
|“||Bhimji’s photographs capture human traces in landscape and architecture. Walls are a recurring motif, attracting her through their absorption of history as they become a record of those who built, lived within and ultimately abandoned them. Despite a conspicuous absence of the body, the photographs emit a human presence. Reference to it is sometimes explicit – a row of guns awaiting use in Illegal Sleep, yet sometimes only implied – the hanging, disconnected and electrical wires in my Burnt my heart ...
Bhimji captures her sites with relentless formal concerns intended to convey qualities of universal human emotion and existence – grief, longing, love and hope. Concrete places become abstract sentiments as the physical rhythms of landscape and architecture become psychological.
In 2012, the first major survey exhibition of her work was held at Whitechapel Gallery, London, January–March 2012, which traced 25 years of her work. It opened with the joint premiere of her film, Yellow Patch (2011), at The New Art Gallery Walsall and the Whitechapel Gallery. The film was inspired by trade and migration across the Indian Ocean. An accompanying monograph was published by Ridinghouse.
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- "Turner Prize: The shortlisted artists" Archived November 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Tate online. Retrieved 29 November 2007.
- "Zarina Bhimji: Yellow Patch, 20 Jan 2012 – 13 Apr 2012, The New Art Gallery Walsall", ArtRabbit.
- "Zarina Bhimji Ridinghouse publication". Ridinghouse. Retrieved 5 August 2012.