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16 October 2021 – 30 January 2022

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Sutapa Biswas: Lumen

Spanning the artist’s extensive career, this will be the first substantial solo show in 14 years of British Indian artist Sutapa Biswas (b. 1962).

The show will foreground Biswas’s vital contributions to the Black Arts Movement in Britain and to the shifting understanding of post-war British art. Biswas’s works visually disrupt, challenge and reimagine our present time: visual theorist Griselda Pollock said that it was Biswas who ‘forced us all to acknowledge the Eurocentric limits of the discourses within which we practise’. Including the seminal Housewives with Steak-Knives (1985) and Kali (1984), the exhibition will also demonstrate the richness, diversity and conceptual continuity of the artist’s extended practice through the display of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video.

Kettle’s Yard will host a new film that maps a semi-fictional narrative of migration, co-comissioned by Kettle’s Yard, Film and Video Umbrella, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, supported by Art Fund through the Moving Image for Museums programme.

The exhibition is curated by Amy Tobin, assisted by Alina Khakoo. A companion exhibition opened at BALTIC in Gateshead in June 2021 and runs until March 2022.

Sutapa Biswas’s film Lumen (2020–21) has been co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with Art Fund support through the Moving Image Fund for Museums. This programme is made possible thanks to Thomas Dane Gallery and a group of private galleries and individuals. The commission has been additionally supported by Autograph. Supported by Arts Council England.

Exhibition and publication supported by Manchester Metropolitan University.


Join us for a series of events to celebrate the exhibition.

29 October 2021: Online Panel Discussion

28 January 2022: LATE at Kettle’s Yard


Sutapa Biswas, Housewives with Steak-knives, 1984-85, Oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, white tape, collage on paper mounted onto stretched canvas, 2450 x 2220mm. © Sutapa Biswas. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2020. Photo: Andy Keate
Courtesy of Bradford Museums & Galleries, Cartwright Hall

Sutapa Biswas, Synapse II: diptych, 1987-1992, courtesy of the artist.

Sutapa Biswas, Birdsong, 2004. Production still. 16mm film transferred onto 2 DVDs. Dual screen projection. Colour, no sound. Duration: 7 minutes 7 seconds. Dimensions: variable. Made possible with the generous support of Iniva, Film and Video Umbrella (London), Grants for National Touring (ACE), AHRC (UK). © Sutapa Biswas. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020.


The galleries on the ground floor are accessible. They can be physically accessed from the entrance area by steps or a ramp. There is a lift up to the Edlis Neeson Research Space. There is a transcript for Lumen in the galleries. A captioned version of the film Lumen is available. Please ask a member of staff at the Front Desk