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SOAS Library Exhibition and Tour – Narratives of Refugee Memories

August 17 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

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Including materials from British Ugandan Asians at 50SOAS’s Wolfson Gallery, located inside the SOAS library is currently hosting an exhibition on ‘Narratives of Refugee Memories’ curated by Dr Sanjukta Ghosh (SOAS South Asia Institute).

‘Unlocking SOAS Collections’, the exhibits provide the creative lens to look again at the archives of Partition in 1947 and the post-Partition settlement history of displaced people of South Asia and beyond. Partition transcripts from India: A People Partitioned by the former BBC journalist and historian Andrew L. Whitehead, papers of NGOs and campaigns such as War on Want, news reports, correspondences from local organisations and audio-visual materials held in SOAS Library are displayed.

The effects of Partition in this polyphonic narrative are, however, far-reaching and follow uncharted routes as family connections appear scattered. South Asia, in this sense, is not just restricted by its territories, as the post-colonial diasporic subject shares a common history of the colonial past. The exhibition is enriched with original prints of diasporic artists such as Amarjeet Nandhra’s Displacement and Kamal Koria’s selection from the Journey series and Calamity.

The British Ugandan Asian exodus at 50 years ties with those who have the experience of dual migration and lineages from South Asia, Africa to the UK. Focusing on photojournalism that ignited social and political campaigns worldwide, a section is devoted to the photographs of the late Mohamed Amin — frontline cameraman extraordinaire (The Mohamed Amin Foundation, Kenya). Collections from the British Ugandan Asians at 50 project (The India Overseas Trust), newspaper prints from Muktokotha archive at Moulvibazar (Bangladesh), sit alongside other personal collections — memorable ‘everyday’ artefacts that people carry as ‘belonging’ while leaving their old lives behind

Nazes Afroz, the former Executive Editor for the South and Central Asia region of the BBC World Service has curated the West Wall exhibition Uncertain Landscape: refugee memories of Kolkata which features contrasting photographs of the past and transformations in the lives of individuals and families.

To book for the tour and talk of this exhibition please use the link below and select 17 August. The time for this tour is set at 5.30pm.

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