Political book of the year: Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves

by Hamja Ahsan At a recent public talk for a Muslim campaign group, Gareth Peirce, the legendary British human rights lawyer, compared the survivors of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 to the story of David versus Goliath. Starting her address with words of admiration for the stamina of her client Shaker Aamer through 14 years… Read More

The War on Terror in Clay

Exhibition Review: “Stuff Happens” – May Ayres by Hamja Ahsan  Theresa May gave her first obligatory Eid address as Prime Minister this month to Muslims living in Britain and worldwide. In the broadcast, she spoke of the “spirit of togetherness” and “the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong… Read More

DIY Cultures is a catalyst for change in the zine and arts world

Interview with curator Hamja Ahsan by Sultanah Parvin DIY Cultures has established itself as the leading annual POC-led Zine and activist fair in the UK, taking over all four floors of London’s Rich Mix this year on 29th May from 12pm – 7pm.  This year’s DIY Cultures features Media Diversified writer Guilaine Kinouani speaking on Radical… Read More

Film Review: Speed Sisters

by Hamja Ahsan    “Their superheroes were given names like Superman. We call ours – Palestinians”, a meme from a Muslim activist organisation reads. A new documentary, Speed Sisters, introduces a new gang of five Palestinian women, or quasi-superhero “sistahs”, who are the Middle East’s first drifting racing team. In a way, Palestinian women have… Read More

Review: Arab Christmas “Christians have been part of Gaza’s fabric since time immemorial”

by Hamja Ahsan    It is a Friday night and I am inside the Rich Mix, a venue at the foot of East London’s Brick Lane, where three musical acts organised by Arts Canteen transport me into a Byzantine Temple, during Queen Zanubia’s reign of Palmyra in Iraq and Syria (269CE). The venue is where… Read More

Exhibition of the Year: No Colour Bar: Black Art in Action 1960-1990

by Hamja Ahsan    There is an entire generation of us – of younger artists, aspiring art historians and curators of colour – who went to art school inspired by Rasheed Araeen’s attempts to readdress race equality and the imperialist legacy of British modern art institutions. We remained too young to visit landmark exhibitions like… Read More