Defiance: Channel 4 x Whitechapel Gallery

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Past Event

This event was on Sat 6 Apr, 11.30am - 5.30pm

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Defiance: Channel 4 x Whitechapel Gallery

Join us for a day of discussions inspired by Defiance: Fighting the Far Right – a new, landmark Channel 4 documentary series that examines the political and social struggles faced by Britain’s Asian community between 1976 and 1981.

Across three panels, artists, filmmakers, historians and activists consider the issues, stories and contemporary resonances of the series.

Visitors can watch all three episodes of Defiance: Fighting the Far Right for free in an exclusive screening at Whitechapel Gallery on Friday 5 April. More information here.

Programme Schedule

11.30-12.45: Panel 1: Resistance
A discussion on the forms of resistance, solidarity and activism featured in the series, and how they relate to broader questions of identity and representation.

Chaired by Shabna Begum (interim CEO, Runnymede Trust), with contributions from Anoop Pandhal (Series Producer, Defiance), Kavita Puri (journalist, broadcaster and author of Partition Voices) and Suresh Grover (National Coordinator, The Monitoring Group).

14.00-15.15: Panel 2: Responses
A discussion on how artists from 1970s to today have created work exploring the events featured in Defiance: Fighting the Far Right  and related histories.

Chaired by the art historian Alice Correia, with contributions from the filmmaker Alia Syed, the artist, composer and musician Bishi and the artist Michelle Williams Gamaker.

16.00-17.30: Panel 3: Resonances
A discussion on the connections, parallels and differences in British Asian experiences between 1970s and today.

Chaired by the broadcaster and journalist Bidisha, with contributions from the journalist and author Kieran Yates, the director and podcaster Poppy Jay and Satiyesh Manoharajah (Series Director, Defiance).