Nabeelah Hafeez brings her experience of growing up in the Pakistani community in Bradford to Kala Sangam, through images and words captured by Nabeelah and her late father the Poet Mohammed Hafeez Johar….reports Asian Lite News
When the late Bradford based poet Mohammad Hafeez Johar passed away one of his prized possessions – a pentax camera – was gifted to his daughter Nabeelah Hafeez, a promising poet in her own right.
Through my Father’s Lens brings together poetry from both father and daughter in both English and Urdu. These words will be accompanied by photographs of Bradford from the 70s, 80s and 90s taken by Hafeez Johar, and images of Bradford captured by Nabeelah using that same treasured camera.
In words and images Through my Father’s Lens aims to provide an insight into the lives of the Pakistani community in the city, showing migration as a journey of identity through the experience of second and third generation migrants.
The launch of Through Her Father’s Lens will be on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm and people can interact with artist Nabeelah Hafeez in person about the stories and memories that shaped the exhibition.
“Memories of my homeland. These are burnt into my heart.
But now this city is also in my blood.” – Extract from Home by Mohammad Hafeez Johar
Tickets are free for the exhibition launch. Interested people can book in advance. The exhibition is free entry and runs until Thursday 12th April, drop in anytime between Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.