I am Saif and I am a Newham-based artist and researcher who is of Sylheti-Bengali heritage. My early memories are of East London’s vibrant street markets and a multicultural surrounding that have continued to influence my socially-engaged art practice. I am a graduate of Chelsea College of Art & Design and have recently received a scholarship from the Aziz Foundation to complete a masters degree in Architecture & Historic Urban Environments at UCL Bartlett.
‘50 years of Bangladesh through 50 objects’ is a project that seeks to gather objects and print-based archives that together capture the experiences of Bangladeshis in the diaspora on Bangladesh’s 50th year in existence. Interviews have been undertaken in Newham and neighbouring Tower Hamlets. I am keen to collect everyday cultural objects that might fall from collective memory.
If you would like to be interviewed as part of MMPI please contact Saif on email@example.com
‘50 years of Bangladesh through 50 objects’ forms part of the wider Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination research project (MMPI) funded by the Leverhulme Trust at Loughborough University London based in Newham. By using arts-based ethnographic methods, MMPI explores memories of the Partition of India and wider processes of decolonisation, and examines their role in contemporary British Asian identities and communities.