Jigar: derived from the Urdu word for friend or lover. TheSpace@inIVA presents the London strand of Jigar, an inIVA touring exhibition that brings together a significant body of work made over the
past fifteen years, by one of today's foremost British Asian artists.
Alia Syed's evocative and poetic film-works embrace a wide range of film
practices, refusing to sit in a single, definable form. Classic feminist
agendas, issues of representation, fragmented narratives and the urban
landscape play alongside Syed's unpretentious celebration of sound and
image. Using 16mm film, Syed's elegiac works revel in ambiguities of
time and place. At TheSpace@inIVA, single-screen versions of 'Spoken
Diary' (2001) and 'Fatima's Letter' (1994) place allegory at the
forefront of Syed's film language.
'Spoken Diary' tells the tale of two parallel journeys. A woman reflects
through a rainy London night, noting her thoughts as she is in transit.
At the same time, the film depicts a lover's journey of self-discovery,
accompanied by a poetic voiceover and intense soundtrack.
Frequently depicting the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities of east
London, Syed tackles both personal and political issues of identity,
using a variety of narrative structures. 'Fatima's Letter' is a tale
told in Urdu in the form of a letter. Subtitles are provided, but they
remain out of sync with the film's narration.
Jigar provides new contexts for Syed's work, outside the film festival
circuit in which she has become well-known. Collaborating with a diverse
range of host venues, inIVA continues its support of emerging artists by
allowing Syed's practice to resonate with new physicalities and