Contextual Material

Raisa Kabir

Short Biography

Raisa Kabir is an artist, textiles researcher, and weaver who utilizes woven text/textiles, sound, video, and performance to materialize concepts concerning the cultural politics of cloth, gendered archives, and colonial geographies. Kabir’s work addresses cultural anxieties surrounding nationhood, textile identities, and the cultivation of borders. Her research into non-mechanical looms, bodies, and machines has taken her to Mexico and Bangladesh. Kabir’s (un)weaving performances and tapestries comment on histories of transnational power, global production, and geographies of labor. She has participated in residencies and exhibited work internationally at, among others: The Whitworth, Glasgow International, the British Textile Biennial, Ford Foundation, The Tetley, Raven Row, Cove Park, Textile Arts Center NYC, and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design; and has lectured on her research on South Asian textile cultures at Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Art London, The Courtauld, Royal College of Art, and the V&A. Kabir lives and works in London.