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62 Gladstone Street, Gallery opening

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Kicking off a series of 2019 exhibitions are Peterborough artist Zain Awan and London / Berlin based artist Kazim Rashid (Pressure Makes Diamonds, Rich Mix 2018) alongside poet Zia Ahmed who will create a live performance response to the installed artists on Saturday 13 April.

Kazim Rashid will exhibit 'Share An E, Kiss A Stranger' - a new, three part body of work which acts as a provocation, forcing us to ask ourselves what’s really going on in our communities. Kazim is interested in how we demystify each other’s experience and where the oppression of our values comes from. Part 1 is a self portrait, Part 2 is 'Notes to Self' series and Part 3 is 'Home' which responds to a poem of the same name by Zia Ahmed. Kazim’s previous work, 'Pressure Makes Diamonds', a multiscreen video installation will also be exhibited separately.

Zain Awan will open with 'Once We Were Too'. The project expands on a lunch club Zain hosted in the Allama Iqbal Centre in Peterborough, where senior men departed from emasculated norms as they cook, clean and eat together. This nostalgic retelling of food and conversation developed a variety of oral stories inspired Zain to document.

‘Once We Were Too’ uses poetry and photography to explore the experiences of the first generation - it’s a sincere attempt to present a more authentic picture of a misrepresented community and to reimagine what places and belongings mean in a modern city, through positioning the people who live in these spaces in the forefront of the discourse.

Zia Ahmed from North-West London is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Slam Champion and a Writer in Residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme 2017. He is currently part of the Bush Theatre's Emerging Writers Group and will open 62 Gladstone Street with a live performance. -

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