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Friday 29th November 2019

AMRA (Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas)

— Spike Island
An evening of experimental music and spoken performance headlined by AMRA (Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas)
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AMRA (Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas)
With performances by Abbas Zahidi and Tadleeh

Organised in connection with artist Imran Perretta's solo exhibition and major new film commission 'the destructors' at Spike Island (28 September to 8 December 2019) this evening of experimental music, audiovisual installation and spoken performances takes place in an extensive warehouse space within the Spike Island complex.

AMRA is an audiovisual collaboration between Imran Perretta and artist and musician Paul Purgas (Emptyset, We Can Elude Control). Their live performance incorporate electronic sound and analogue media, addressing South Asian identity, diasporic echoes and archival disruption.

Tadleeh is the nascent project of Indian-born, Milan-based musician Hazina Francia (formerly Petit Singe (Haunter Records/NTS Radio)). Her club-heavy, brooding debut release 'Ego Will Collapse’ was released in summer 2019 on Berlin’s Yegorka label. It invokes states of chaos, disorder and unreason, drawing on the artist’s varied cultural heritage.

Abbas Zahedi is a London-based artist. His practice is instinctively dialogic, collaborative and socially-aware. It is from this position that he seeks to express a multiplicity of notions, whilst still maintaining a potential for taking art seriously; as a field of individuation, playfulness and otherness; an arena of research and possibilities that avoids the analytic and categorical biases, which are traditionally used to make humans and ideas ‘scientific’ and thus intelligible by markets, machines and machine-like logics.

Presented in partnership with Qu Junktions

Spike Island’s galleries are open until 7pm for attendees to visit Imran Perretta’s exhibition before the event.


Imran Perretta

Imran Perretta (b. 1988, London) lives and works in London. Encompassing moving-image, sound, performance and poetry, Perretta's work explores ideas of biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories. Perretta is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2014) Recent exhibitions include 15 Days, Jerwood Space, London (2018); Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017); it wasn’t a crash, in the usual sense, Arcadia Missa, London (2016); 5 percent, Copenhagen Art Week, Denmark; and Devotions, MOT International Project Space, London (both 2015). Perretta was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, World Museum, Liverpool and ICA, London (2014–15). In 2016, Perretta presented Pale News, a performance devised in collaboration with artist Milo van der Maaden and members from the PoC and LGBTQ communities in East London, as part of Chisenhale Gallery’s 21st Century programme of performances and events.

Paul Purgas

Paul Purgas is a multidisciplinary artist working with sound, performance and installation. He has presented projects with Wysing Arts Centre, Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, and curated performance programmes with Spike Island, De La Warr Pavilion and Arnolfini. Paul is also one half of Emptyset, a London/Berlin based production project with James Ginzburg.


A nascent project by Indian-born, Milan-based musician Hazina Francia, Tadleeh’s first record on Berlin imprint Yegorka was release in June 2019. It is a feat of complex and emotional confession, a rhythmed account of pain and transformation. “Intimate and visceral by equal measure, Ego Will Collapse is a collage of tribal drum patterns, twisted electronics and cavernous ambient compositions” (Electronic Beats).

Previously recording, producing and DJing as Petit Singe, Hazina has appeared many times on NTS Radio and released on Milan label Haunter Records. In anticipation of this debut Bristol show Tadleeh will appear on Bristol’s Noods Radio (Thursday 28/11, 9-10pm www.noodsradio.com)

Abbas Zahedi

Abbas Zahedi lives and works in London. He holds an MA in Contemporary Art and Philosophy from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and studied a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at University College London. Zahedi is known for his interdisciplinary blend of social practice, performance, installation, moving-image, institution-building and writing. His early practice emerged out of working with migrant and marginalised communities in the UK to explore the concept of neo-diaspora, and the ways in which personal and collective histories interweave.

Recent exhibitions and performances include Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK) and ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (Italy). Recent workshops, lectures and residency projects include Outset Grant Ceremony, Royal Academy of Arts (UK), Raven Row (UK), South London Gallery (UK), New Art Exchange (UK), Wysing Arts Centre (UK), Tate Britain and Tate Exchange (UK). Zahedi was awarded a School for Social Entrepreneurs (PwC) Fellowship in 2017 for his work with migrant communities in the UK. Zahedi is the ninth and current South London Gallery postgraduate artist in residence (2019-2020).

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