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Modern Slavery Arcade at Bush House, London
1 October – 22 November 2019

This autumn Sara Shamma will present a powerful solo exhibition of new large-scale paintings inspired by her partnership with King’s College London and the Helen Bamber Foundation.
As the 2019 King’s Artist in Residence, Shamma has worked with the university’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) to develop a new visual vocabulary of modern slavery, culminating in an exhibition curated by Kathleen Soriano.
Shamma has a long-standing interest in the psychology associated with the suffering of individuals and this project explores the psychological impact of modern slavery: the meaning of survival and recovery from the perspectives of survivors, of those who work to support their recovery, and who campaign for better support. With consent, Shamma has audio recorded qualitative interviews with women survivors of modern slavery in London and these interviews have informed Shamma’s creation of large-scale paintings.

Exhibition: 1 October – 22 November 2019
Curated by: Kathleen Soriano
Location: Arcade at Bush House, Strand WC2B 4PJ
This exhibition is accompanied by a book of essays and an extensive programme of public events.


Royal College of Psychiatry Symposium
Tuesday 15 October
Bush House
This panel talk will explore and extrapolate the political, artistic and humanitarian issues raised by the Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery exhibition. Open to all.

Research Symposium: Understanding Modern Slavery
Tuesday 5 November
Bush House
King’s College London will host a symposium on “understanding modern slavery”, which aims to bring together early career researchers and students. Interested parties will be encouraged to contribute to and help shape the symposium through submissions of research abstracts for oral presentation. Open to all.

In Conversation with Sara Shamma and Kathleen Soriano
Monday 18 November
Bush House
Artist Sara Shamma and the exhibition’s curator Kathleen Soriano will hold an "In Conversation" about the exhibition. Open to all.
Sara Shamma, Modern Slavery