PAST | FUTURE
SPEAKING IN TONGUES - BEGINNINGS
@ Common House / May 2018
This was the first in our series of language practice meet-ups for and with people from South Asian diasporas trying to learn and/or maintain languages related to their families, communities, histories and ancestors.
During our chai infused chats we shared family histories by looking closer at our names, the ways we've learnt phrases through faith and bollywood film, and how language bears the weight of caste, nation and migration. More sessions coming soon.
w. Oliver Goldsmith Primary School & OOMK
@ South London Gallery / March 2018
With the young people, we created worlds in which we planted ourselves as seeds. Through our bodies, memories, emotions, stories, discussions, play and making – we collectively imagined futures, practiced self-representation in the present moment, and sat with our roots as we thought about what grounded and connected us. We co-created a giant piece of artwork, which we hope will serve as stimulus material in their art classes.
oomk | big family press | evidence of us
EXISTENCE AS RESISTANCE
w. Kajal Nisha Patel
@ Open City Documentary Festival / Sept 2017
We screened three short films, "Hansa", "Smita" and "Rekha" by Kajal Nisha Patel, alongside footage from the Grunwick Strike (1976-8). This opened up a discussion about the varying scales of political resistance and everyday acts of survival in the context of migrant women and their labour. Participants worked in groups to weave their own family histories of labour and everyday politics, some wrote stories and others created films on their smartphones.
open city doc | kajal nisha patel
COLLAPSING TIME & SPACE
w. Iniva & GLC Story, "History Lessons: Burning Illusions"
@ South London Gallery / Sept 2017
We created a cathartic space for participants respond to "The Place Is Here" exhibition using paints and collage materials, critically asking if anything has really changed for black and brown artists then and now. We made a 'portal' in which our experience of time and space was collapsed, we imagined our parents' migration stories, landscapes we knew but hadn't seen and our own experiences of Britishness today.
iniva | blog
PARTITION & GENDER
w. Amrit Wilson, Dr Fatima Rajina & Simran Randhawa
@ Consented "Decolonising Partition" / July 2017
A panel discussion focusing on the narratives and unique experiences of violence faced by women during partition, and how lasting effects are felt in the diaspora as a result of intergenerational trauma. Patchwork co-founder A'Ishah Waheed shared learnings from her ongoing research project, and aspects of her family history of partition that continue to affect.
facebook | eventbrite
OUR HISTORIES BY US: DECOLONIAL HISTORIES & THE SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA
w. Antiuniversity Now
@ Hackney Archives, CLR James Library / June 2017
A creative workshop rethinking what we have been told about our histories, by using a piece of family history that participants brought with them and understanding the power of these stories passed down through generations.
antiuniversity | facebook
BLACK ARTS MAGAZINES IN THE CRITICAL DECADE
w. Adelaide Bannerman & Stuart Hall Library, Iniva
@ DIY Cultures / May 2017
A discussion around the collection of Black Arts Magazines held in the Stuart Hall Library. Together, we came to understandings of the social and political conditions in Britain from the 1960s, which led to the emergence and eventual termination of some of these radical publications.
podcast | iniva