Saif Osmani

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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

‘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.

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1 - 31 May 2021