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Sunara Begum

Sunara Begum is a visual artist who lives and works in London but was brought up in the traditions of her native Bangladesh. Her work is an ever- searching quest for the maintenance of cultural legacy and the dichotomy of displacement and explores the themes of migration, memory, identity and femininity. Although she touches on diverse issues ranging from migration to legacies of exile and the disparity of gender, her vision is an intimate search for the place of belonging.

Sunara Begum was born in London in 1984. She was encouraged to pursue the visual arts by her mother who from an early age would recite stories of growing up in the villages of Bangladesh. It is these formative stories that are the cultural axis of her work, together with her own personal experiences of growing up in urban environment. One of the key motivations in her work has been to extract these cultural memories and visually depict some of these as cameos of a lost past and dying generation.

Sunara is perfectly placed between East and West and her work is predominantly concerned with exploring the relationship between people and their environment. The emotional perspective of her subjects is often an ever- present element in her work. Sunara Begum attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she completed her BA (Hons) Fine Art. Whilst there, she spent much of her time recording various visual projects on both abstract and narrative based subject matter, in order to extract, explore and express her artistic vision, primarily through photography and film. Sunaraʼs main interest lies in the visual arts where she continues to explore the different facets of a single art form in detail and then find ways of bringing them together to create a multi layered experience, consisting always of more then one dimension.

Sunara has also been involved in theatre productions for Talawa Theatre Company both as an actress and in stage management, incl

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Central St. Martins College of Art and Design