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Artist's Wife

I was an Artist's wife

I am Farida Yesmin (my artist name is Kajoli Ilojak), and I am a Bangladeshi, socially engaged artist currently based in Folkestone, Kent. I make work across performance, video, photography and drawing.

I am in the process of overcoming personal trauma whilst I am settling in the UK. My ever-evolving artistic practice has been described as groundbreaking in the way I  explore themes of gender and feminism, body politics and cross-cultural  identity. Through my work, I engage with Eastern and Western cultural expressions, as a woman, as an artist and as an immigrant.  My practice is shaped through human rights, feminist politics, processes of decolonisation. It is also shaped by my current home, its landscapes and the proximity to sea. The work I produce is in parallel to my lived experience of trauma in the asylum process, homelessness, and as a survivor of gender based violence. My work negotiates barriers of language whilst staging my “otherness”, expressed through performance using my body, gestural mark making, painting and voice.

In Bangladesh I studied Fine Art at Dhaka University (1998) and have a Master’s degree from Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal India (2003). Despite the extreme personal barriers I have  faced, I strive to develop and amplify my practice, my networks and connections.

Since migrating to the UK, my work has been championed and showcased at Creative Folkestone, Conversation Over Borders, Turner Contemporary, Performance Space, Tempting Failure London Biennial of International Performance Art, Counterpoints Arts, Refugee Week, Artsadmin and WIP project.

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