As a guest speaker for The Cultivist, Anaïs Lellouche led a guided tour of Hawala, the inaugural exhibition at Paradise Row Projects.
On view from 16 September - 29 October 2021, Hawala will exhibit a group of leading South Asian London artists who will show both physical and digital works.
The show explores the connections between Hawala, a historical method of transferring money that relies on the trust and honour within a community, and the rise of blockchain technology and bitcoin transactions that mitigate the need for this trust.
The artists shown tackle critical social and environmental issues within their works, using commercial systems to raise awareness to the varying social issues faced in our society today.
Participating artists include: Shezad Dawood; Sunil Gupta; Haroun Hayward; Harminder Judge; Anousha Payne; Chila Kumari Singh Burman; Haroon Mirza; Jasleen Kaur and Rithika Pandey.
In addition to the physical exhibition, Paradise Row Projects are also presenting The Mangrove Institute of Contemporary Art (MICA) which takes place in Somnium Space, a leading metaverse platform.
Donations from the exhibition will go towards Conservation Action Trust, India and WWF Pakistan.
“The funds raised collectively by all the participating artists and Paradise Row will help initiate a new stage of Conservation Action Trust’s campaign to protect mangroves and other ecological assets in coastal states across India, allowing them to be classified as legally protected forests instead of being treated as 'wastelands'.
Funds we raise for WWF Pakistan will go towards climate change mitigation in Pakistan.
Both causes are close to my heart and I couldn’t be more thrilled that we are supporting the two NGOs through these exhibitions.”
Hawala is curated by multi-disciplinary artist Shezad Dawood.
Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, London) uses multiple artistic practices such as painting, sculpture, film, neon, performance, virtual reality and digital media to discuss questions surrounding narrative, history and embodiment.
He places focus on his artistic method and editing as a method to create projects that often involve collaboration and knowledge exchange, forging connections across multiple audiences and communities.
He is also interested in translation and re-staging - his film Feature (2008) relocated the classic Western to the English countryside.
Paradise Row Projects is presented by curator Nick Hackworth and collector and patron Pippa Hornby.
Paradise Row Projects is a one-year, not-for-profit, curatorial project that showcases outstanding cultural projects, drawn from across London, the UK and the world, that foreground social and environmental impact.
Each exhibition and event will be fundraising for specific, urgent, social and environmental needs and causes.