A Walk on the Lane: My Home, My Bari - Guided Walks

Brick Lane
Bangladesh at 50, Workshops and activities
Friday 10th December 2021 (17:00-18:00)

Take a virtual step back to Brick Lane in 1971 on a guided walk with students from QMUL geography department.

Discover local stories and immerse yourself in a sense of place around Brick Lane through a walking tour of participating businesses in the art project, My Home, My Bari.

History begins at home, and as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, acclaimed artist Rahemur Rahman is working collaboratively with a group of artists as well as young people from Tower Hamlets to create an art installation which represents the living spaces of the British Bangladeshi community. The final exhibition will open at the Kobi Nazrul Centre, in the heart of Brick Lane, on 26 November and run until the seminal date of 14 December, Martyred Intellectuals Day.

A variety of shopkeepers and restaurateurs were invited to share their stories as part of the wider project. Shops and restaurants frequented by local residents become extensions of the safe spaces of home, where commerce and relaxation are inherently convivial through neighbourhood chatter or the sharing of food. Firmly established in the local economy and tight-knit community of Brick Lane, interviews with and photographic portraits of these participants helped realise the concepts of a sense of place, a sense of belonging and a legacy through the unveiling of their current lives, livelihoods and traditions.

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