16 | September | 2015
To coincide with her first solo exhibition in the UK, Beyond The Veil – A Decontextualisation, Art Represent and SOAS Afghan Society present a conversation with the artist Malina Suliman and BBC World Service journalist Karim Haidari.
This talk will be hosted by Dr. James Caron Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia, SOAS, University of London on Sunday 16th August.
KURDISH VOICES SPEAK OUT
18 | September | 2014
Art Represent in collaboration with the Writer's In Exile group held an evening of poetry, music and discussion. With focus on the terrible situation in Northern Iraq we invited Kurdish writers to express their feelings and perspectives. We began and ended the evening with classic oud music
Prominent members of the Kurdish community in London came to show their support, including Dr Jawad Mella.
An evening of hight energy, lively discussion, and powerful poetry. Interviews and coverage of the event was featured on Sky News.
13 | June | 2014
We were lucky enough to host the Bangladeshi poet Mir Mahfuz Ali for a reading and talk.
Mir Mahfuz Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1958. He studied at Essex University, and now lives in London. As a performer, he is renowned for his extraordinary voice – a rich, throaty whisper brought about by a Bangladeshi policeman trying to silence the singing of anthems during a public anti-war demonstration.
He has given readings and performances at venues including the Royal Opera House,Covent Garden, Bedlam Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, and the National Theatre of Slovenia. His poetry has appeared in London Magazine, Poetry London, Poetry Review and PN Review. His influences include Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and Jibananda Das (1899-1954). Mahfuz is an active member of Exiled Writer’s Ink, which is working to promote the creative expression of refugees and of exiled writers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Midnight, Dhaka, is his first full collection of poetry.