Poet in the City Producers present: My Wound was an Exhibit

An exploration of the power of art in the times of protest

November 26, 2019
6:00 pm-7:30 pm | London

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

We are delighted to invite you to the second in a series of events exploring themes of resistance and social change inspired by AKU-ISMC’s new book and current exhibition by Lebanese-Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab at the AKC Gallery. 

 

Poet in the City Producers present an evening of conversation and live performance, exploring art as resistance in a climate of censorship.

 

Inspired by the powerful street art of activist and political protestor, Bahia Shehab, a panel of artists and activists will navigate the relationship between art and protest, guided by their personal experiences of conflict and resistance. 

 

Inspired by the powerful street art of activist and political protestor, Bahia Shehab, a panel of artists and activists will navigate the relationship between art and protest, guided by their personal experiences of conflict and resistance.

 

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance featuring contemporary poets Ola Elhassan and Zad El Bacha that reflects on interrogating the power of art to signify resistance in public spaces, surpass censorship, and process personal experiences of violence and oppression.\

Ola Elhassan a Sudanese electrical engineer who grew up in Denmark and Sudan. She has been calling herself a poet for just over a year now. She has performed at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch alongside Nick Makoha, Kevin Coval and Safia Elhillo during their Break Beat tour of 2018, and more recently at the Somalinomo x Sawti event at the Roundhouse, curated by Amina Jama and Sumia Jaama.

 

 

Zad El Bacha's work combines their political and community building experience with Middle-Eastern poetic traditions to write on migration, sexual trauma, and sexual and gender identity. They won the London Writer's Awards this year for their narrative non-fiction work, and are the co-founder of Coriander, a theatre company of queer people of colour. They were commissioned to perform on the main stage for 10,000+ people at Ventimiglia Citta  Aperta, a protest on the border between Italy and France against the racist violence of the Salvini-Five Star Movement government. They were also one of the winners of Italy's biggest poetry slam, PoverArte, in 2016, and have featured at the Ruskin School of Art and Hatchards with The Mays, among others.

 

In a culture of censorship, whose voices are allowed to be heard? How do every day resistances become revolutionary? 

 

Join us for an evening exploring art and activism through poetry, performance and discussion curated by Poet in the City Producers. Inspired by Bahia Shehab's work, the enduring language of revolution, and the universal anticipation of a dream waiting just around the corner.

 

Organisers:

AKU-ISMC & Poet in the City Producers.

Poet in the City Producers is a group of talented 16-25 year olds producing live events, discussions and campaigns to ensure young people have a stake in the future of poetry. 

 

Poet in the City brings poetry to people and people to poetry. We help places and people tell their stories, create access to hard ideas, attract radically new audiences, bring about social and behavioural change, and create awe-inspiring large-scale entertainment. Audiences are at the heart of our work, and we deliver in-depth creative audience collaboration programmes to support commissioning projects and show production, partner with a thriving community of volunteers who are involved in all aspects of our work, and lead a producers’ scheme for 16-25 year olds to train the next generation of poetry producers and give young people a voice.

 

 

Book here to attend in person.

Image credit:

Poet in the City

V E N U E

Aga Khan Cente
10 Handyside Street
London
N1C 4DN

C O N T A C T

events.ismc@aku.edu