Babar Suleman is a UK-based artist, designer, researcher, writer and educator. They are currently a practice-led doctoral student in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.
Through the foregrounding of place, body and personal voice in moving image (film) and new media, I am investigating notions of worldmaking and magic in order to shift viewer perceptions about structures of coloniality, marginalised identities and self-determination.
Primarily working with moving image, Babar’s interdisciplinary practice is perhaps best described as acts of slipping between realities and fantasies, blurring lines that seemed to exist rigidly just a moment before. In Unfeeling (2018), subject and object exchange places as a single moment of heartbreak unfurls slowly and almost imperceptibly. In Four Broken Hearts (2015), film, performance, site-specific experiences and social media work together in an original framework to create a transmedia story world that can be experienced ‘like life itself’. Seaphilia (2014) displaces sexuality from its conventional vessels, 24FRAMES (2014) catches constraints in the act of framing perceptions and Searching… (2014) locates romantic desire as the litmus test for spiritual machines. Even when flirting with the playful, a tender sincerity in a yearning for love and a desire for beauty is hard to miss.
A Fulbright Scholarship alumnus, Babar has an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City.