Zarina studied at Goldsmiths' College and the Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Zarina’s work has been shown extensively both in the UK and abroad. In 2007, she was nominated for the Turner Prize. Solo shows include Galerie Lumen Travo, Amsterdam (2007); Haunch of Venison, London (2006); Matrix, Wadsworth Athenium, Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut (2003); Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2003); Talwar Gallery, New York (2001); and I will always be here, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1992). Her work has also been shown at How to Improve the World: 60 Years of British Art, Hayward Gallery, London (2006); Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, ICP, New York (2006); British Art Show 6, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2005); Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany (2002); Fault Lines, Venice Biennale (2003); Poetic Justice, Istanbul Biennale (2003); The Short Century, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2001), which toured Berlin, Chicago and New York, and No Place (Like Home), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1997).
Feminist Artist Statement
Bhimji is interested in the spaces, the microdetails and the light of distant interiors. The location of light is a significant element of her composition and becomes just as intricate and important as the presence of a figure. Atmosphere comes from a tactile, moist light. The stillness of the image implies a suspension of everyday life, yet the narrative is deferred by mood, mystery and the feeling of incompleteness and belatedness.