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Sutapa Biswas has, in the last 17 years, created an intensely evocative and challenging body of work which has engaged with feminism and cultural identity. The exhibition Birdsong comprises two new films, which explore themes of memory and rites of passage.

Birdsong is a projected film tableau in which a horse is viewed in a domestic interior, standing motionless except for the gentle and subtle movements of its body. Seen through the eyes of the artist's son - who longs to have a horse in his living room - this haunting piece addresses the physical impossibility of dream and desire.

Magnesium Bird is a beautiful film made in the 18th Century walled garden of Harewood house Leeds. Exploring notions of loss, love and trepidation the film show a series of small birds sculpted from magnesium ribbon as they are ignited at dusk. In the background, young children play in the orchard, disrupting the poetic stillness of the space.

Born in Santinekethan, India in 1962, Sutapa Biswas lives and works in London.

Sutapa Biswas: Birdsong is an inIVA touring exhibition produced in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and supported by Arts Council England Grants for National Touring, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the University of Southampton Magnesium Elektron, and Chelsea College of Art and Design.

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Sutapa Biswas: Birdsong