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Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans was for a time News editor of Flash Art International. He is an art critic, writer, editor and curator. He was responsible for editing the essays in the Transforming the Crown catalogue. He was for a time the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), during which time he wrote an essay for the catalogue accompanying Jangbar - Zarina Bhimji.

The exhibition of a newly commissioned film took place at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 16 July - 27 September 2015. Sirmans’ essay concluded with, “As my words above attempt to lay out, to lay bare, sound, both abstract and as a content-laden spoken word, is as much an element within Bhimji’s artistic practice as the moving image. She scripts sound and works film as pliable media, like paint for a painter or clay for a sculptor. Jangbar represents the culmination of years of research and careful editing and of collected and archival material. The landscape appears as an early twenty-first century location occupied by an uncomfortable lightness of being. Now matter how lush, how colourful the scene may be, Bhimji reminds us that we have places and moments in which to imagine better even as the present keeps catching up with the past.”

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