Chila Kumari Burman (1957- )
'This Is Not Me'
Colour laser print
Museum no. E.2070-1997
Chila Kumari Burman was born in Liverpool of Indian immigrant parents. She uses her own image in an ever-expanding repertoire of provocative and active female identities. The work, This Is Not Me, indicates an aspect of the artist's conflict with stereotypes. The message 'This is not me' challenges the representation that the viewer sees.
The image uses a photographic self-portrait, over-painted with car spray-paint. Burman uses laser copying techniques, which have enabled her to manipulate a range of images, varying from the subtle to the outrageous. These images reflect her feelings about the irrationality of classification and stereotyping and about her own dynamic and constantly shifting self-image.