The Commonality of Strangers – January – 12 April 2015

New Art Exchange the exhibition finally opens.

A project commissioned by New Art Exchange (NAE) in 2014, The Commonality of Strangers combines photography and text to explore important relationships between identity, heritage and displacement resulting from international migration – the truths of which are rarely revealed in the public realm.

Moving beyond the Pakistani diaspora community, which has been a significant focus in my work to-date, this project he has engaged with both established and new migrant populations in the UK from a multitude of locations including: Poland, Romania, Sudan, Ghana, Kurdistan, Jamaica, Algeria, Malawi, South Africa and Iraq.

I Immersed myself in local communities during a five month research residency, spending time walking and exploring the streets of Hyson Green, Nottingham. During this period I connected with people from all walks of life and from across the globe, including those who consider themselves to be wholly British. The results of these encounters have been developed into a curated exhibition, The Commonality of Strangers, and accompanying publication. The exhibition premiered at NAE 31 January – 12 April 2015, and is available to tour to two venues in England from May 2015.
Here are a few installation shots of the exhibition: Photographs by Bartosz Kali. Courtesy of the artist and New Art Exchange.