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Imtiaz Dharker
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Imtiaz Dharker poet and artist

Imtiaz Dharker was born in Lahore and her family moved to Glasgow when she was less than a year old. She now spends her time between London, Wales and Mumbai.



Leaving Fingerprints (Bloodaxe, 2009)

The Terrorist at my Table (Bloodaxe, 2006; Penguin Books India 2007)

I speak for the Devil (Bloodaxe, 2001; Penguin Books India 2003)

Postcards from God (Bloodaxe, 1997)

Purdah (Oxford University Press, 1989)

Art Exhibitions (solo unless indicated)

Hong Kong, 2007

Group show Hong Kong, 2005

These are the times we live in Indo-American Arts Foundation, New York 2004 with poetry reading

Freefall Mumbai, 1999

Nehru Centre, London, 1997

Random Blue, a parallel life Mumbai, 1996

Postcards from God Mumbai, Delhi, Madras, Bangalore, 1994

Group show New York, 1993

Living Spaces Mumbai, 1992

Borderlines, Mumbai and Delhi, 1989

Purdah Mumbai, 1982

Imtiaz Dharker was on the judging panel for the 2008 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her poems are included on the British AQA GCSE English Syllabus and Blessing and This Room are included in the AQA Anthology Different Cultures. Her work is often illustrated by her own pen and ink drawings and she has exhibited her work in England, India, Hong Kong and America.

Imtiaz Dharker is also a documentary film maker and her films focus on education, reproductive health and shelter for women and children. In 1980 she was awarded a Silver Lotus for a short film.

“A woman standing under a crippled umbrella in Chowpatty staring out to sea could be holding it, or the stranger running down the Spanish steps or at the kabootarkhana at Camden Market, or the dead Parsi neighbours in the Towers of Silence waiting to be stripped clean by the patient vultures. This peeling away, coming undone, making and unmaking, putting together again, is the essence of Dharker’s search. Always, there’s the effort to get at what’s underneath; tear away the cloaks, the veils, the skin, the parts that can be stitched on, ripped off, traded, worshipped.” Tishani Doshi (The Hindu)

Offiicial website: http://imtiazdharker.com/

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