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Brick Lane Monotypes exhibition unveiled

48Ansar Ahmed Ullah ::

Brick Lane Monotypes by local artist Alice Sielle was unveiled at the Kobi Nazrul Centre on 21 November.

These monotypes depicting successive waves of immigration, were originally made for the film Cable Street to Brick Lane by Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim which marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. The exhibition of monotypes by Alice Sielle in the Kobi Nazrul Centre, illustrates the role played by Brick Lane in hosting immigrants to the East End since the eighteenth century, and the hardships and hatred faced by people fleeing persecution.

Monotypes are original works and are not reproducible like prints. A flat surface is evenly covered with printing ink using a roller. The paper is placed face down on the ink and any marks made on the back of the paper form the image on the front. These monotypes were made on Japanese paper. The series is framed.

Prior to the launch a Banglatown history guided walk was conducted by Ansar Ahmed Ullah exploring Bengali migration and settlement in the East End of London. The walk started at Altab Ali Park and finished at the Kobi Nazrul Centre where Alice Sielle gave a talk on her work. A Q & A session was chaired by Julie Begum, Chairperson, Swadhinata Trust with the assistance of Kazi Ruksana Begum, Tower Hamlets Council.

The exhibition runs till 26 Nov 2015.