Current Show

Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 4
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 3
Chila Kumari Singh Burman_Convenience, Not Love, 1986–7
Chila Kumari Singh Burman_Tales of Valiant Queens_installation view_ Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 2018
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 5
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation
Chila Kumari Singh Burman Installation 2


Chila Kumari Singh Burman

Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness

19th September – 12th October 2019


Opening Thursday 19th September 5.30pm – 7.30pm


The Lavit Gallery presents an exhibition by British artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, programmed with Cork Printmakers and curated by Miguel Amado.

Burman’s practice explores the relationship between gender, class and ethnicity in the construction of identity. Her key medium is printmaking, often with collage, although she also uses sculpture, film and photography. She initiated her career in the early 1980s, and was a key player in the British black arts movement.

‘Punk Punjabi Prints: A Suitcase of Etchings, from Reason to Madness’ is Burman’s first exhibition in Ireland. The exhibition features a selection of print-based works made between the late 1970s and the late 1980s examining themes such as racism, immigration policies, personal diasporic narratives, legacies of British imperialism and sexuality within patriarchy.

Burman’s work is collected worldwide, notably by Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Trust, Science Museum, Arts Council Collection and the British Council in London; Museum and Art Gallery in Birmingham; Sir Richard Branson; Cartwright Hall in Bradford; Devi Foundation in New Delhi; Linda Goodman in Johannesburg; New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester; New Art Gallery in Walsall; Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

Click here to see Burman speak in her studio for ‘Tate Shots’



From 5.30pm Friday 20th September

Culture Night

Exhibition Tour and Discussion

For Culture Night we will have a guided tour of the exhibition, in which the artist discusses the works on view, and a panel discussion between the artist and the curator addressing her practice and career.


11am Saturday  28th September

Art & Coffee: Curators Talk

with Miguel Amado

Join us from 11am for coffee and chats with curator of our current exhibition and Director of Cork Printmakers, Miguel Amado.