Argun Imamzade has run a successful printing and stationery business in Mare Street, Hackney with the support of his wife, Hurmus and his son, Michael for many years. He is well known in the local community and has supported various voluntary initiatives within the Turkish Cypriot community. He was born in Cyprus where, from the age of three, he lived with his grandparents after his parents moved to the UK following their divorce. In 1963/1964, due to the conflict on the island, Argun’s school was closed down, his house was bombed and he, his brothers and grandparents were forced to live in a refugee camp. Argun, and his older brother, left Cyprus to join their parents, now remarried, his brother living with their father and Arun living with their mother. Argun, aged 13, brought with him to the UK the photo album that he had rescued from his bombed out house. Argun was interviewed as part of Eithne Nightingale’s research into child migration to East London.
Eithne Nightingale has over 30 years experience of working with diverse communities and promoting equal opportunities. She was Head of Adult and Community Education in Hackney before going to the V&A where she became Head of Equality and Diversity. There she led on the museum wide major programme, Capacity Building and Cultural Ownership - working with culturally diverse communities. She is co-editor with Richard Sandell of Museums, Equality and Social Justice published by Routledge 2012.
Eithne is currently following a part time PhD on Children, Migration and Diasporas at Queen Mary University of London, linked to the V&A Museum of Childhood. She has interviewed 36 people who have migrated to East London under the age of 18 from 1930 to the present day. Some of this research is accessible on the website and through short films on www.childmigrantstories.com One of these films, Ugwumpiti, has been nominated for the AHRC’s Best Research Film of the Year 2017. As part of the PhD she has also researched how migration is represented in museums both within the UK and abroad. She is also a photographer, filmmaker and travel/fiction writer. See eithnenightingale.com
Gideon is a leading contemporary photographer, whose intimate style of image-making and long-term commitment to projects, has earned him international recognition and many awards, including the Pollock Prize for Creativity. He is renowned for his work as a ‘struggle photographer’ and his 20-year photographic odyssey on the impact of HIV/AIDS. This project culminated with the publication in 2001 of his first book, A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa. Mendel has been occupied with ‘Drowning World’ since 2007, an art and advocacy project about flooding that is his personal response to climate change. It was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Prize 2015.
Marie researches diaspora and national media cultures comparatively, historically and ethnographically. Her interests cluster around South Asian and Middle Eastern diasporas, cultural transnationalism, and changing configurations of audiences and publics in relation to question of citizenship. Recent collaborative include: a large-scale study of the BBC World Service as a multi-diasporic institution; an exploration of the new politics of security via a collaborative ethnography of transnational news cultures in multi-ethnic British households in eight UK cities; a national survey with the BBC on the changing face of British humour, ethnic jokes and comedy. Marie was awarded an AHRC Public Policy Fellowship in 2011 to develop research on the interface between international broadcasting and social media, specifically in relation to the BBC Arabic Services.