Shahidul Alam: Kalpana’s Warriors

22 April - 18 June 2016 @ Rivington Place

Kalpana Chakma was a vocal and charismatic leader who campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area of Bangladesh. She was abducted from her home at gunpoint 20 years ago by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and has never been seen again.

Through this powerful installation, using photographs printed on large straw mats each one illuminated by a candle, the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and activist Shahidul Alam attempts to break the silence surrounding her disappearance.

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Shahidul Alam

Artist-led tour of Kalpana’s Warriors

Thur 16 June, 7 - 8pm @ Rivington Place

Join the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and activist Shahidul Alam for a tour of his exhibition Kalpana's Warriors.

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Black Chronicles

Photographic Portraits 1862-1948

18 May - 11 December 2016 @ National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP presents a unique ‘snapshot’ of black lives and experiences in Britain.

An important display of photographs, which will reveal some of the stories of Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s, opens in May at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Maud Sulter


1 April - 4 June 2016 @ Impressions Gallery

Passion presents the multi-layered work of Maud Sulter (1960—2008), a photographic artist, poet, and curator of Scottish-Ghanaian descent. In her short but influential career, Sulter reinvented the visual imagery of black women and highlighted the long-standing connections between Africa and Europe. This is the first time a major survey of Sulter’s work has been shown outside Scotland.

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Creating Spaces for Dissent

Wed 8 June, 7 - 8:30pm @ Rivington Place

Photographer and activist Shahidul Alam in conversation with writer Rahnuma Ahmed.

Facing a culture of fear and intolerance in Bangladesh, where most normal avenues for dissent have been shut down, activists and artists have had to be increasingly more creative and versatile in designing their mode of resistance. Strategies for intervention that are low cost, fluid and difficult to shut down on legal grounds, while still dangerous, provide a more difficult target

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New book

Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds

Announcing a new book from Autograph ABP. Focusing upon the 'urban now', a moment suspended between lingering precolonial references, the broken dreams of a colonial past, and the not yet realised promises of neoliberal futures, this book provides an ethnographic and photographic investigation of the complex meanings of living - and living together - in Congo's urban worlds today. 

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