Ikon Gallery Talk – Osman Yousefzada in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera 

Friday 20 August, 6-8pm

Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera discusses his new book Empireland (2021) with artist Osman Yousefzada. Through his writing Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past. It is only by stepping back and seeing where we really come from, that we can begin to understand who we are and what unites us.  This event is supported by Selfridges.

Selfridges Birmingham, Gran Café on 1
£5
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Sathnam Sanghera was born to Punjabi immigrant parents in Wolverhampton in 1976. He entered the education system unable to speak English but, after attending Wolverhampton Grammar School, graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a first-class degree in English Language and Literature in 1998. He has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With the Topknot and his novel Marriage Material, and has also been shortlisted for, or won, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the PEN Ackerley Prize and Mind Book of the Year. He has won numerous prizes for his journalism at the Financial Times and The Times, including Young Journalist of the Year in 2002, Media Commentator of the Year in 2015 and the Edgar Wallace Trophy for Writing of the Highest Quality at the 2017 London Press Club Awards. His third book, Empireland: How Imperialism Shaped Modern Britain became an instant Sunday Times bestseller on release in 2021.

Osman Yousefzada is a Birmingham-born multidisciplinary artist, whose practice has expanded since launching his eponymous label in 2008 revolving around modes of storytelling, merging autobiography with fiction and ritual. His work is concerned with the representation and rupture of the migrational experience and makes reference to socio-political issues of today. These themes are explored through moving image, installations, text works, sculpture and garment making along with performance. Ikon presented Osman’s first solo exhibition, Being Somewhere Else in 2018.