Out of the East Into the West is now live!

Banner showing an old photograph of a mixed race family sitting around a tea table in a typically mid-20th century English home.. The man is wearing a turban. Overlaid are the words mixed Arab Britain.

The Mixed Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of Out of the East Into the West, our latest special exhibition exploring mixed Arab British histories in the early twentieth century. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with artist, writer and art historian Salma Ahmad Caller.

Salma Caller - Out of the East static panel

About the exhibition

Funded by Arts Council England, Out of the East Into the West is connected to The Imaginarium Postcard Project which Salma set up in 2018. Initially conceived to investigate the archive of colonial 19th century images of women on postcards from the Middle East and North Africa alongside Salma’s mixed Egyptian and British identity, the project has now grown into ‘a collective of artists and researchers working together to decolonise the colonial lens’.

Collage of images in blue and gold tones. The words Salma Ahmad Caller Egypt are written in gold letters across the bottom.

Exoticism and ordinariness

Presented mainly as a series of visual essays, Out of the East Into the West contrasts the exoticism and fantasy found in the colonial postcards, media accounts and literary representations with archival accounts of ‘ordinary’ mixed Arab British families held in The Mixed Museum’s collections, as well as Salma’s own English Egyptian story.

Salma Caller - Sheikh Fever
Black and white image of a mixed Muslim family sat around the dining table in the 1940s in a typical British home.

Artworks and family histories

The exhibition also features artworks created by the Imaginarium Project, as well as a selection of potted histories and family photos from members of the public who responded to our Open Call. We hope that the exhibition will be the start of further explorations and discussions of this history.

Salma Caller - Responses Georgia Guirguis
Me, Mum and Dad, in my English Granny's garden in Suffolk. She lived in a tiny tiny village called Cratfield. Very English. This sums us up because of the coziness.

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