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Image: Imran Perretta: the destructors

Having reopened their doors in early August, Gateshead’s contemporary art gallery BALTIC welcome back two exciting exhibitions; Imran Perretta’s film, the destructors, and Abel Rodriguez’s beautifully detailed paintings.

Perretta’s film, which re-opens on Monday 31st August, explores ideas of state power, identity and biopolitics, all topics which are in the minds of many right now as we lurch towards Brexit at a rate of knots. the destructors (lowercase intentional) draws on Perretta’s own heritage as a young Bangladeshi growing up in the Tower Hamlets community; informed by conversations with young Muslim men, Perretta’s incisive piece looks deeper at the complexities of coming of age as a young British Muslim man in the UK.

Abel Rodriguez’ detailed paintings and drawings draw on the artist’s heritage and ancestral knowledge of the Colombian Amazon. An elder from the Nonuya ethnic group, Rodriguez and his family were ousted from their rainforest home in the 1990s due to armed conflict and the exploitation of natural resources. His artwork depicts in minute detail the fragile ecosystem of the rainforest; serving to preserve his memories of the region and display his ancestral knowledge, which has become highly prized by botanists.

Free tickets for both shows are available from the gallery’s website, and visitors are required to book in advance.

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