Sunara was born to Bangladeshi parents and raised in London, UK. She studied for her BA and MA at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design. As an artist her journey has been unconventional, trained as a filmmaker her path took her through multiple disciplines, including poetry, theatre and photography before leading her to her current place of focus and purpose in the visual arts. Sunara’s work is at once a personal journey through the discovery of identity, and a journey in redefining the politics of place. At the core of her work Sunara explores cultural identities, personal memory, fictional family histories and the transference of ancestral knowledge through matrilineal social structures.
Sunara Begum is a spoken-word performance artist who explores sonic soundscapes and expressionist movement to define her art-form. She has released her debut album, WHO AM I, as well as several feature documentaries including, Truth & Art, Memories of My Mentor and Ara’s Sojourn. Sunara wrote and performed her first 50 minute stage show which has toured internationally including the Venice Biennale, October Gallery, V&A Museum, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Gulbenkian Theatre. As a visual artist her work has exhibited extensively at Tate Britain (UK), LUDA Gallery (Russia), Dimbola Museum (UK), 198 Gallery (UK), Studio Sukriti (India), Laphto Art Gallery (Ethiopia), Lionel Wendt Gallery (Sri Lanka), Centre for Contemporary Art (Nigeria).
In 2015 Sunara co-founded New Horizons, a series of performances, screenings, events and exhibitions, involving contemporary experimental film/video and other art forms. Now in its 5th year it has comprised of films, videos, installations, expanded cinema and performance pieces by over 80 artists. Sunara’s work is part of a new generation of artists whose work reflects upon the cross-cultural and historical dimensions of contemporaneity.