autograph, London

Climate, Culture and Community

Tue 28 May || 5 - 8pm

Past event
In collaboration with Women’s Environmental Network

Unraveling the links between environmental disaster and our daily lives, cultural heritage and diasporic histories


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK.

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Autograph's current exhibition Wilfred Ukpong: Niger-Delta / Future-Cosmos is a visual meditation on the environmental crisis in the Niger Delta, demonstrating how artmaking can be used as a tool for social empowerment and to confront continued, aggressive colonial practices.

Drawing on the notion that the climate crisis is not equally distributed between all communities, join us at the gallery as we unravel the links between environmental disaster and our daily lives, cultural heritage and diasporic histories.

This event is in collaboration with Women’s Environmental Network and connects art and local communities to ask the question: how do we build a different world together, focusing on the connection between people rather than individual accumulation?

There will be a screening of short films that will touch on climate work taking place in East London, followed by an in-conversation with guest speakers and community experts from the Women's Environmental Network's Just FACT and Climate Sisters programmes. The discussion will address food justice issues in Tower Hamlets, and the need to amplify women’s voices in the climate arena, as well as how climate change is a global and political issue rooted in capitalism and colonialism.

Join us for a drinks reception and viewing of the current exhibition before the talk, followed by live music, food and refreshments.

Event schedule

5 - 5:30pm
Refreshments and live music by Abdoulaye Samb
5:30 - 7pm
Screenings, talks and Q&A:
Just FACT (02:55)
Blueprint Architect Group (02:51)
Climate Sisters (02:06)
7 - 8pm
Food from Racheed's Sunny's Olive Tree, music, chats and sharing back. You can all view our current exhibitions Wilfred Ukpong: Niger-Delta / Future-Cosmos and Mónica Alcázar-Duarte: Digital Clouds Don't Carry Rain


Farah Ahmed

Farah Ahmed (she/they) is the Climate Justice Lead at Julie’s Bicycle. She manages the Creative Climate Justice programme, and is a facilitator on the Creative Climate Leadership programme.

Their interest lies in how art and culture can centre perspectives from the frontlines of climate impacts, and how we can imagine and build meaningful decolonial, care-centred, and anti-capitalist communities. Farah is also co-founder and facilitator of Diaspora Futures, a space to nourish and strengthen the bodies, minds and souls of people of colour in the climate movement.

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Selma Dabbagh

Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction. Born in Scotland, she has lived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, France, Egypt and the West Bank. Her fictive work includes the novel, Out of It (Bloomsbury) which is set between Gaza, London and the Gulf.

She is also the editor of We Wrote In Symbols; Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers (Saqi, 2021). Her short stories are published in numerous anthologies. She has also written some radio plays and for stage and screen. Her non-fiction includes a recent series of blogs for the London Review of Books. She is qualified as a solicitor and has worked in the field of human rights and international criminal law with organisations in Jerusalem, Cairo and London. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths University.

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Maaz Salih Idres

Maaz Salih Idres (he/him) is the International Programs Manager at Peace Direct. He spearheads efforts to explore innovative ways of resourcing local peacebuilding initiatives globally, driven by a passion to decolonize the international aid sector.

Maaz's dedication to humanitarian work is personal, having been forced to flee Sudan and seek asylum in the UK, where he empathetically understands the challenges of building a new life away from home. His commitment to activism is evident through involvement with various organizations like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).

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Hussina Raja

Hussina Raja (she/her) works on the Just Food and Climate Transition programme for the Women's Environmental Network as a mobiliser. She is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist with a socially-engaged art practice that is rooted in social justice.

Roshini Thamotheram

Roshini Thamotheram is a feminist researcher, educator, facilitator, and organiser. She holds an MA in Race and Social Justice and works with the Feminist Green New Deal and Climate Sisters programmes at Wen.

Sumayyah Zannath

Sumayyah Zannath (she/her) is a community organiser, researcher and facilitator, focusing on reimagining what care and solidarity can look like between communities and land.

She is part of the Blueprint Architect group, which is a collective of organisers and food growers exploring community-centred responses to food injustice in Tower Hamlets. She is also currently organising as part of Land in Our Names, a grassroots land and racial justice collective that is exploring what reparations, land justice and food sovereignty can look like within Britain. Sumayyah is also a researcher at Nejma Collective, an abolitionist group organising alongside incarcerated Muslims within the UK.

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part of the exhibition

Wilfred Ukpong: Niger-Delta / Future-Cosmos

16 Feb – 1 Jun 2024
Visual meditations on the environmental crisis in the Niger Delta

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This event is in collaboration with The Women’s Environmental Network. They are a charity working to support women and their communities to take action for a healthier planet. As well as our national campaigns they work at a community level in East London to support women and grassroots movements to take environmental action. Find out more on their website.

Banner image: Courtesy of Ellis Lewis-Dragstra

Images on page: 1) Wilfred Ukpong, Strongly, We Believe In the Power of this Motile Thing That Will Take Us There #2, 2017. From the series Blazing Century 1: Niger-Delta/Future-Cosmos. Courtesy of the artist and Blazing Century Studios. 2) Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.