Balraj Samrai & Farah Ahmad Khan
Sustain: North and South
Sustain: North and South will explore South Asian diaspora experience and action in relation to climate change, touching on intersectional environmentalism, environmental inequality and ecological interconnectedness between Manchester and the Global South.
Transmitted via grassroots radio networks, the sound of ecological imagination, thinking and action will carry across Manchester into homes and venues. Artists Balraj Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan will activate Manchester Museum’s potential as a convening space to bring together contributors including Manchester Museum’s South Asia Gallery Collective, and the youth programme OSCH (Our Shared Cultural Heritage, a British Council partnership programme for young people of South Asian heritage).
Presented by Manchester Museum.
About the artist
Balraj Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan
Artist, director, producer and manager, Balraj Samrai is one of the founding members of Manchester’s award-winning Swing Ting party and imprint – FACT magazine’s best record label of 2016. With experience in the education and creative sectors, he’s run events across the UK, as well as performing in Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
Farah Ahmad Khan is a Manchester-based spoken work artist, recently awarded a Manchester International Festival MIF Sounds grant to develop new work incorporating oral histories of migrant key workers.
In 2020 Balraj Samrai and Farah Ahmad Khan began collaborating – alongside a host of talent including Asian Dub Foundation’s Pandit G, renowned tabla player Vikaash Sankadecha – on ‘I Should Have Hugged You Tighter When We Last Met [Oh what a joy]’. Created with the support of Opera North’s artist development programme, Resonance: The Lockdown Edition the work responded to life in the COVID-19 era and the impact the pandemic has had on Black, Asian, Indigenous and Ethnic Minority groups.
About the organisation
Manchester Museum is the UK’s leading university museum, a growing hub for ecological action in the city of Manchester, and a proud part of The University of Manchester.