Rehana Zaman

Rehana Zaman, Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (film still), 2016. Image courtesy the artist

Rehana Zaman, Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena (film still), 2016. Image courtesy the artist

Rehana Zaman (b. 1982, Heckmondwike, UK) lives and work in London. Working predominantly with the moving image, she is concerned with how individuals and groups relate and the effects of multiple social dynamics. Her narrative-based pieces, often deadpan and neurotic, are frequently generated through conversation and collaboration with others. 

Rehana Zaman will produce a new video for Liverpool Biennial 2018. Invasions (working title) examines disturbances of social order through uprisings, intrusions and disappearances. The video will be developed over the course of six months with a group of teenage girls from Liverpool at Blackburne House. It will draw upon marginalised histories of the city and explore the work of anti-racist and women-led grassroots film organisations such as Women’s Independent Cinema House (Witch). Invasions will be the starting point for a new women’s film co-operative, which will be formed by the young people working on the video. The girls group will document the development of the film co-operative as the project unfolds, addressing their experiences as young women of Somali and Pakistani background and the complexities of working collaboratively. This footage will be combined with a thriller written by a member of the group that describes the disappearance of a young person from Toxteth, Liverpool. Additionally, the video will include archive material and conversations with founding members of The Women’s Technology And Education Centre (WTEC) and Witch. Invasions will interweave fictional and non-fictional accounts of past, present and invented occurrences to examine how spaces and positions of authority are gendered and racialised. 

Zaman was awarded a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City in 2015 and a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut in 2013. She was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012–13. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Serpentine Projects, London, UK (2018); CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018); Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Tenderpixel, London, UK (2016); The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2014); and Studio Voltaire, London, UK (2013).


Blackburne House
3 Blackburne Pl
L8 7PE