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Book Launch – Osman Yousefzada: The Go-Between

Friday 28 January 2022 / 6.00pm — 7.30pm

Book Tickets

Free, suggested donation £5
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The event will also be live streamed via YouTube. To watch online please subscribe to Ikon Gallery’s YouTube channel or click here. 

Multidisciplinary artist Osman Yousefzada discusses his memoir, The Go-Between (2022), with Sara Wajid MBE, Co-CEO, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Set in Birmingham in the 1980s and 1990s, Osman opens a window into a closed migrant community living in a red-light district. The adult world is seen through Osman’s eyes as a child: his own devout Pakistani/Afghan Pashtun community, with its divide between the world of men and women, living cheek-by-jowl with parallel migrant communities. Children balance Western school teachings with cultural traditions. Alternative masculinities compete with strict gender roles, and female erasure and honour-based violence are committed, even as empowering female friendships prevail.

This event includes a book signing. Pre-order book from Ikon Shop.

Ikon presented Osman’s first solo exhibition, Being Somewhere Else, in 2018 and most recently worked with him to present Infinity Pattern 1, a new large-scale installation which covers the entire Selfridges Birmingham building.