The exhibition and artwork installed at Idea Store Whitechapel is the final outcome of Bangladesh 50, Citizen UK, a project exploring the impact of the Liberation War of 1971 on the Tower Hamlets community and their contribution to the independence struggle.
Co-designed by Paraa: led by artist Ruhul Abdin & architect Sadiqul Islam Shehab, the artwork commemorates 1971, the forming of Bangladesh as a new nation.
In this talk Ruhul Abdin will present his practice as an artist and co-founder of Paraa, a participatory design and architecture studio practice based in Dhaka. Abdin will be joined by Citizen Researcher Lamya Sadiq, a community worker and researcher from Dhaka, based in London, to discuss the collaborative process behind the project and the many themes that were explored around Bengali identity, language, nationhood, and activism that has formed the British Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets.
2021 marks 50 years since the independence of Bangladesh. To mark the significance of this, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) led Bangladesh 50 Years, one of four projects that forms a part of the National Portrait Gallery’s offsite programme; Citizen UK, during its temporary closure to transform the gallery.
Citizen UK is an exciting research and creative engagement project involving the borough archive services, local communities and contemporary artists. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The artwork - the word BANGLA constructed as a 3D illuminated steel structure clad in sari fabric - was informed by research in the collections of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives by a group of more than twenty Citizen Researchers from the local British Bangladeshi community.
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