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Rehana Zaman, Donut/Phalanx, 2021

Donut/Phalanx acts as a footnote to a film as yet unmade, involving four years of conversations and film experiments with Black and POC women affected by incarceration. The uniquely drab landscape of the counties that surround London hold a particular horror as nondescript semi-urban vistas give way to a partially derelict business park, where the United Kingdom’s only women’s immigration detention center, Yarl’s Wood, is sited. As a precursor toward a future work, this short film offers an embodied mapping of carceral geography, probing the green belt as the terrain through which punitive state technologies both suspend and set time and space in accelerated motion.

Rehana Zaman is an artist based in London. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life, where moments of intimacy are framed against cultural orthodoxies and state coercion. Conversation and cooperative methods sit at the heart of her practice. She has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and internationally. Solo and group presentations include British Art Show 9; Trinity Square Video, Toronto; Borås International Sculpture Biennial, Sweden; Artist Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany; and Serpentine Projects, London (forthcoming 2022). In 2019, she coedited Tongues with Taylor Le Melle, published by PSS, which was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award. She is currently a board member of not/nowhere artist workers cooperative and LUX, who also distribute her films.