Raisa Kabir is an artist who lives and works in London. Kabir is an interdisciplinary artist and weaver, who utilises woven text/textiles, sound, video and performance to translate and visualise concepts concerning the cultural politics of cloth, labour and embodied geographies. Kabir addresses cultural anxieties surrounding nationhood, textile identities and the cultivation of borders, as well as examining the encoded violence in histories of labour in globalised neo-colonial textile production.
Her (un)weaving performances comment on power, production, disability and the body as a living archive of collective trauma, where she builds looms with her own body and others. Kabir’s practice currently looks at the weaving processes of gesture, repetition, tension and production, and what it might mean to resist ideas of bodily production, functionality, and capability. Through using weaving as a methodology for resistance, Kabir’s work situates the intensive labour processes of textile production within gallery spaces to highlight the erasure of artists’ labour within these systems and networks.
Solo exhibitions include: নীল. Nil. Nargis. Blue. Bring in the tide with your moon…, Indigo + Madder Gallery, London (2020); Textile Art Center, New York (2017).
Group exhibitions include: Between Cloth and Skin, Compton Verney Art Gallery (2019); Weave It!, Stour Space, London (2019); Art In Manufacturing, British Textile Biennial, Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley (2019); Textiles and Place, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester (2017); The Body is a Site of Production… 10-hour performance installation, The Tetley, Leeds (2017).