Paradise Row: Hawala

To mark the launch of Paradise Row Projects, a non-profit, curatorial project set in Mayfair, we welcomed Nick Hackworth, director of the gallery, to discuss the programme’s inaugural show, Hawala (on view 16 September – 29 October 2021).

Together with Nick, artists Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Shezad Dawood, Haroun Hayward, and Jasleen Kaur, joined us to explore the parallels between hawala, the informal, decentralised, and ledger-based system of money exchange prevalent in South Asia and its diasporic communities, and the structure and functionality of blockchain technology.

Participating artists include Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Shezad Dawood, Sunil Gupta, Haroun Hayward, Harminder Judge, Jasleen Kaur, Haroon Mirza, Anousha Payne, and Rithika Pandey; a group of London-based artists of South Asian descent, who have been selected to highlight hyperlinked connections that run throughout their practice, either through a contemporary updating of mythic constellations, or an archiving of subcultures or ecologies.

The show aims to raise funds for the protection of mangroves in India and Pakistan through Conservation Action Trust, India, and WWF Pakistan.



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