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The Conch: November 2022
Wed 23 Nov
Past event

People seated in a dark room with a yellow projection on the wall

The Conch at the South London Gallery, August 2022, programmed by artist Rieko Whitfield with artists Tobi Adebajo, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and April Lin 林森. Image: Dan Weill Photography

The Conch is a forum for artists to present work in progress and receive feedback from the audience.

This edition of The Conch brings together presentations by artists Sarah Al-Sarraj, Emmanuel Awuni and Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman.

This event will explore how to communicate through art practice and the limitations of spoken and written language. The session will also focus on artwork that leaves art spaces and should be touched, passed around and listened to. Emmanuel performs an improvised piece of music, Mohammed shares initial drawings for a new zine and Sarah presents research for a new film work. 

Here’s a look at the last event


Mohammed Z Rahman (he/they) is a British-Bengali visual artist, writer and zinemaker based in London. His work often deals with food, migration and gender through domesticity. Mohammed’s visual output includes illustration, painting and zines and their literary output includes short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction.

Mohammed has enjoyed working with grassroots organisations including Writing Our Legacy, Nijjor Manush, Skin Deep Magazine, Aire Place Studios and The Willowherb Review. Mohammed recently produced paintings for the “Unfurnished” series as part of the Brent Biennial 2022; a visual folk history of how migrants have made homes in the UK through care and resistance under the hostile environment policy.

Sarah Al-Sarraj (she/they) is a predominantly visual artist working with painting, comics, writing, and moving image. Her practice cultivates a visual language that aims to disrupt hegenomic power and hierarchies of knowledge production. Dreams, desire, altered states and secrets often feature. Speculation and world building vision liberated futures. Her practice is currently focused conceptualising ideas around the natural world drawing from indigenous, queer, eco-anarchist, and Sufi metaphysical thought.

Sarah recently completed Open School East’s Associates Programme and Wysing’s AMPlify residency. She previously worked at Forensic Architecture and currently works around liberatory health at Healing Justice London.

Emmanuel Awuni’s practice encompasses sculpture, painting and installations through which he re-imagines the structures that underlie our senses of hierarchy, space and time. Often informed by diasporic oral traditions, he explores the relationship between the non-hierarchical and non-linear sounds common in Hip Hop, Pidgin English and Patois and translates them into a textured visual language. Hip Hop and Rap become an analytical vehicle for the deconstruction and reconfiguration processes that constitute his work.

Emmanuel Awuni ( b. 1993 in Accra, Ghana) studied at Goldsmiths University of London (2017) and at the Royal Academy of Arts (2022). Selected exhibitions include: Heat, Harlesden High Street hosted by Sadie Coles, London; The Fountain Show, Sundy, London; Reclaiming Magic, Royal Academy, London; Hammer, Harlesden High Street, London; House of Togetherness, Harlesden High Street, London; African Migration, 272 High Holborn, London.


  • Event is seated.
  • Room may be dark at times to show presentations.
  • Wheelchair Access and Disabled Toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with access requirements.