Join participants, Lead Artist Sunil Shah and Project Manager Najia Bagi to celebrate the launch of Activating our Archives. Drawing on ideas and themes present in Akram Zaatari’s The Script, this creative project investigates how we present ourselves and our communities online. Participants of the projects use photography, writing and other personal content to explore their lives and share experiences of their communities.
This event will include a tour of the Akram Zaatari’s exhibition The Script by Najia Bagi (book tickets for the tour here), an introduction to the project by Sunil Shah, and a presentation by the participants of images they have produced so far.
This event is free and visitors can drop in at any time throughout the day.
Sunil Shah (b.1969) is an artist, curator and writer based in Oxford, UK. His work examines art histories, the systems, structures and sites of artistic production and presentation and the postcolonial condition and its relationship to art and visual culture. He has curated exhibitions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Brighton Photo Fringe and the New Art Exchange. He is recipient of Magnum Photos, Photographers Gallery and Source Magazine graduate awards and has been awarded curating mentorships and residencies from the International Curators Forum, Metal Liverpool, Brighton Photo Fringe, Autograph ABP and with the Royal College of Art/Inspires Curating Conversations programme. He is Associate Editor of American Suburb X online visual culture platform.
Shah’s artist works have been shown at the Photographers Gallery and at Brighton Photo Fringe and he had solo shows of Uganda Stories at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2015) and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2018). He has curated several, well-received shows including Making Home at the Royal Geographic Society (2013), Max Colson: Virtual Control - Security and the Urban Imagination at RIBA (2015) and Open '13 at Phoenix Arts during Brighton Photo Fringe (2013) where he acted as co-curator. He has published essays, reviews and interviews with American Suburb X, Source Photographic Review and the London Art History Society Review (2018) and is co-editor of the Doh Mix Meh Up exhibition catalogue (2014) with Jane Garnett of Oxford University and the Oxford Diasporas Programme.
Shah holds a BA (First Class) in Photography from University of Westminster and a MA (Distinction) in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.