Can doing and thinking like an artist expand the political imagination?
Sometimes human rights activists are so caught up with the everyday, with tactics for resisting injustice, that they forget to talk about what they are campaigning for - what they want the world to look like. But without imagining different possible worlds and ways of doing so, society is left with the dreams of the powerful.
Join Pica Studios for an evening of screenings and conversation with visiting Bangladeshi sculptor Shohrab Jahan, Ugandan director and screenwriter Patience Nitumwesiga, and the researchers behind the Centre for Applied Human Rights' research on creative alternatives and the political imagination.
Shohrab Jahan, Patience Nitumwesiga and Emilie Flower from Pica Studios have all been collaborating artsists in the creative alternatives research at the Centre for Applied Human Rights. Pica Studios are artist led studios in an 18th century printworks housing the workshops of eighteen artists, makers, writers and musicians. Shohrab Jahan is a sculptor and installation artist from Chittagong in Eastern Bangladesh, where he runs the artist led studios, Jog art space, and will be in residency at Pica Studios in January. Patience Nitumwesiga is a screen writer, director and activist based in Kampala, Uganda.