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© Sutapa Biswas. Purchased for Museums Sheffield through the Contemporary Art Society's Acquisitions Scheme 2008-2009, with the support of J G Graves Charitable Trust. Musuems Sheffield
Magnesium Bird
Date Made/Found: 2004
Artist: Sutapa Biswas , British, born 1962
Material and Medium: Two-channel video
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5678
Magnesium Bird is a tribute to Sutapa Biswas' father who died in 2000. The subject of birds was the last conversation she had with her father and birdsong was the first sound she heard after he died. The small birds which are intricately made out of magnesium ribbon ignite and create a haze of smoke in the 18th century walled garden of Harewood House. Biswas often uses objects that reflect the past, challenging ideas of memory, feminism and cultural identity.
Display Location: Graves Gallery

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