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Image: Bind 1 2021. Rope and ceramic. Courtesy Lubna Chowdhary and PEER. Image credit Stephen White & Co

MIMA stages the largest solo exhibition yet of Lubna Chowdhary‘s work this month. Chowdhary’s work demonstrates a skilled approach to modern artmaking, referencing multiple cultures and times. With Erratics, Chowdhary brings the ambition of her public artworks into a gallery setting.

Erratics constructs a dialogue between various visual languages and cultural references from Northern Europe and South Asia, with the name referring to large rocks that have been displaced from their original geological context through glacial flows. While the rocks retain their material integrity they are permanently settled in a new context.

The Tanzania-born artist moved to Rochdale aged five. Often working with materials found in urban environments, Chowdhary’s work builds on years of making architectural interventions in the public realm. The exhibition will occupy MIMA’s internal architecture and invites the viewer to think about the structures of the institution, both physical and conceptual.

Lubna has said of the show: “My first visit to MIMA, witnessing the curious sight of the Transporter Bridge on the horizon, felt like an invitation to draw on the language and iconography of heavy industry and to respond to my loyalty to industrial landscapes.”

Erratics by Lubna Chowdhary runs from Saturday 25th June to Sunday 9th October at MIMA, Middlesbrough.

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