My Home, My Bari: Salon 3 – The Conception of the Project

Kobi Nazrul Centre 30 Hanbury St London E1 6QR
Bangladesh at 50, Workshops and activities
Saturday 11th December 2021 (16:30-17:45)


History begins at home, and as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, acclaimed artist Rahemur Rahman has been commissioned by Tower Hamlets Council with funding from Arts Council England to create a unque art installation, My Home My Bari. For this project, he has worked collaboratively with a group of artists as well as young people from Tower Hamlets to represent 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.

Three salons will accompany this dynamic and multi-sensory installation, and as well as using sight, texture and scent to recreate the ambience of a 1971 home in east London, our salons provide more scope to go beyond the abstract notions of ‘home’ and discuss in more detail the ideas behind the artwork.

Salon Three comprises a panel who will be discussing with project leaders the ideas, the process, the production, the community, and how ‘home’ influences each of them.

What is an art installation? What is ‘home’? How can we marry these two concepts?  How do memories work and how do we take history out of a textbook and make it real, meaningful (especially to younger generations), and contemporary? How can we look at the legacy and impact of Bangladesh’s independence through evoking a time and place (Brick Lane in 1971), using the site-specific location of the installation for wider community involvement?  Banglatown has a distinctive historical identity whose culture has evolved and continues to evolve through its creative economy, proximity to the city and to Spitalfields. How did we lever in funding from Arts Council England and demonstrate the usefulness project for engagement across the community with a significant, original and inspiring creative element?

 Moderator: Rokshana Khan

Panellists: Rahemur Rahman, Kazi Ruksana Begum, Rebecca Chester

FREE but please book your place