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.

Born in 1990 in Afghanistan, Malina Suliman is one of a small number of female artists who have emerged from war-ravaged country. After studying Fine Art in Pakistan, Suliman was inspired by the potential of street art. When she began working as a street artist in Kandahar, her work garnered global attention. One of her most iconic motifs was the skeletal form dressed in a blue burqa which highlighted the issues of identity, inequality, and oppression in Afghanistan. 

Beyond The Veil – A Decontextualisation, created with the support of Art Represent, marks a new direction in the artist’s career. Bringing together, sound, video and substituting the graffiti wall for a burqa, Suliman’s decontextualisation of this highly charged item of clothing reminds us of how context can shift meaning.


19 | November | 2014

An evening on the importance of migrant voices being heard as a part of Parliament Week. Together with Migrant Voice, we invite you to get creative and express your voice on our graffiti wall together with our visual artist. Start a dialogue following performances from poets and spoken word artists. Let us represent, speak, write and draw – our views about voice, democracy, parliament, and importance of having your voice heard. The event will be followed by a networking reception.

Migrant Voice is a migrant led organisation with the aim to strengthen the voice of migrants in the media and public domain by increasing their skills and confidence in conveying key messages about their realities to promote a more balanced media coverage and debate on migration. www.migrantvoice.org