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Department of Unruly Histories

A Barbican Library Installation

A decorative element from the Department of Unruly Histories installation

Department of Unruly Histories is an artwork produced by Meera Shakti Osborne consisting of a collective sonic and material archive built on post-colonial migration stories in London.

In conjunction with an exhibition at Cubitt Artists, curated by Mariam Elnozahy, ten audio pieces are installed in ten satellite sites across London chosen by the participants based on intimate affinities with certain neighbourhoods, or where they felt they wanted their work to be heard.

In this piece, Lamya Sadiq reflects on letters written by her grandfather, renowned poet and writer Syed Shamsul Haq, as he writes to his wife Anwara Syed Haq while fleeing the Bangladesh Independence War in 1971 to seek asylum in London.  Lamya Sadiq recites the letters, some in translation and some in Bangla, and reflects on the love between her grandparents.  

Please note that the library is closed on Sundays.

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