Altab Ali Day: Ceremony of Commemoration, 4th May 2023, 6pm Altab Ali Park

Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point

at Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU

An exhibition of photographs by Paul Trevor celebrating East London’s Bengali activists of 1978.

Dates Thursday 4th (09:00) – Tuesday 30th May 2023 (19:00)

This exhibition revealed the dramatic events which were sparked by the racist murder of Altab Ali, a 24-year-old Bengali leather garments worker, and paid tribute to the activists who mobilised around the rallying cry of justice that followed.

Local East End photographer Paul Trevor documented how members of the local Bengali community endured racial abuse as a constant factor of everyday life, and the moment at which they mobilised against racist violence and institutional police racism. The exhibition brought together 75 of Trevor’s photographs for the first time, alongside oral history recordings by original activists.

The show marks the culmination of a major heritage project led by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor. With the help of volunteers and original activists, the project is creating a record of this watershed moment as told by local people. The exhibition, alongside project oral history interviews, short films and podcasts, will be available as a touring show, and will be lodged at the Bishopsgate Institute Archives.

Times      Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm, Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm

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