Project Overview

Film and Video Umbrella presents Changing Places, a series of exhibitions staging contemporary artists’ moving image within historic buildings across the country.  The national tour featurs six artists: Bani Abidi, Ravi Agarwal, Imran Channa, Omar Chowdhury, Desire Machine Collective and Yasmin Jahan Nupur. All live in, work in, or retain a connection to Bangladesh, India or Pakistan and make work about the region. Presented in 2017, during the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, these artists’ works cover a range of contemporary perspectives and situations, from international migration and border-transcending environmental impacts, to the individual who navigates and responds to shifting social and economic circumstances. 

In collaboration with several tour partners, including the Canal & River Trust and National Trust, eight buildings host artworks that resonate with their locations. At the core of the project lies the narrative of industrialisation and its global legacy: a mode of production that has altered landscapes, choreographed migration, created monumental buildings and shaped social attitudes. Through the pairing of specific sites and artworks, Changing Places bridges the chronological and geographical gaps between the industrialisation currently occurring across South Asia, and the places in Britain where the blueprint began. The majority of the locations selected are non-gallery spaces. In some instances, the presence of Changing Places will open rarely seen interiors to the public, or bring a fresh perspective to buildings that have recently undergone or are currently under renovation. 

For more on the individual works, please click on our Exhibition Guide or one of the exhibition venues in the grey box.

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Changing Places at Roundhouse, Birmingham. Photographer: Jana Eastwood. 
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Changing Places at Roundhouse, Birmingham

Changing Places at The House Mill. Photographer: Catarina Rodrigues. 
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Changing Places at The House Mill, London

'Funland', Bani Abidi, 2014
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Changing Places: stills from the tour’s featured works

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