17 January 2020 – 15 March 2020
Opening: Thursday 16 January, 6.30 – 8.30pm

the destructors is a major new film commission by London-based artist Imran Perretta. Shot on location in Tower Hamlets, east London, the destructors takes the figure of alienated male youth as its cue to explore ‘coming of age’ or the complexities of adolescence for young Muslim men living in the UK.

The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The work will be exhibited at partner venues throughout 2019 and 2020.


Imran Perretta lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include: 15 Days, Jerwood Space, London, as one of two recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018; Unintended Consequences; and Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (both 2017). Perretta was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2014-15).

Imran Perretta's commission is supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

Lead Supporter: Shane Akeroyd. With additional support from the Imran Perretta Supporters’ Circle.

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