Postcards from the Diaspora

Facilitated by Maya Chowdhry

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    Produced by young Somali people with Sabjit Natt and Hafsa Yusuf for the Numbi archive: Coming Here, Being Here

Past Event

This event was on Thu 5 March, 6:30pm


Counter-mapping to redefine Black peoples’ place and space

This discursive session focuses on counter-mapping, using geographer Dr. Caroline Bressey’s text, ‘Archival interventions: participatory research and public historical geographies’. The essay examines ‘participatory geography’ and how historical archival practices have led to erasure of Black histories.

Participants will use counter-mapping techniques to subversively map the spaces we exist in, creating an interactive map that uses storytelling and indigenous knowledge, not just geographical data, to bring to it our own perspectives of place, of survival, and of belonging.

This event is free, booking is required.

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Whitechapel Gallery x NUMBI: Postcards from the Diaspora

A series of readings and workshops curated with Kinsi Abdulleh, artist and co-director of NUMBI, a Somali-originated African-centred arts and heritage organisation. Sessions are led by black womxn and gender non-conforming artists, writers and thinkers engaging with language, decolonisation, intersectionality and diasporic thinking.

People of all genders, sexualities, religions and ethnicity are welcome. Tea and soft drinks will be served.

Texts are provided in advance, with large-print versions available. A sound recording of each text is available upon request. If you have questions about access and inclusivity during these events, contact us on