Imran Perretta explores ideas of state power, identity and biopolitics. His major new film work, the destructors, draws on the artist’s own experience as a young man of Bangladeshi heritage, and explores personal and collective experiences of marginalisation and oppression. Set within the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets, the film’s script is informed by conversations with young Muslim men invited to participate in a series of roundtable discussions about issues affecting them. Through the work, Perretta mediates on the complexities of adolescence and ‘coming of age’ for young British Muslim men living in the UK.
Perretta’s film the destructors is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. It tours to partner venues throughout 2019 and 2020.