Zarina Bhimji: Lead White at TATE Britain


This autumn, Tate Britain will open a group of new free displays as part of its ongoing Spotlights programme, including the unveiling of a major new installation, titled Lead White, by Zarina Bhimji, and Metro Imaging was lucky enough to work on the production of a number of prints for the exhibition.

The debut presentation of this new installation by internationally renowned artist Zarina Bhimji consists of over 100 unframed photographs and multiple embroideries. Lead White is a profound meditation on power and beauty. It is the culmination of a decade-long investigation conducted over multiple continents, delving into national archives to capture details of words, lines, stamps and embossing. Bhimji creates poetic narratives by editing and repeating these details as if constructing a musical composition. The work also combines digital and physical crafts – including the use of embroidery for the first time in Bhimji’s practice – drawing attention to textures and traces, light and shadow.

Zarina Bhimji was born in Uganda and lives and works in London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007, exhibited at Documenta 11 in 2002, and is represented in numerous public collections including Tate, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Lead White has been commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and supported by Arts Council England.

Bhimji says her work is about beauty and issues that are personal and universal. She likens her process to a forensic investigator, looking at records of treaties signed and territories mapped, searching for evidence of what crimes could have been carried out.


Exhibition Details:

19 NOV 2018 – 2 JUN 2019, 10am. – 6pm.

Tate Britain, main floor
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG


All Images by © Zarina Bhimji