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121 Roman Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN, UK

Organised by Four Corners

We're delighted to present an exhibition celebrating East London's Bengali activists of 1978.

10 June - 10 September
Free Entry | No booking required

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays and Sundays


This exhibition reveals the dramatic events which were sparked by the racist murder of Altab Ali, a 24-year-old Bengali leather garments worker, and pays tribute to the activists who mobilised around the rallying cry of justice that followed.

Local East End photographer Paul Trevor documented how members of the local Bengali community endured racial abuse as a constant factor of everyday life, and the moment at which they mobilised against racist violence and institutional police racism. The exhibition brings together 75 of Trevor’s photographs for the first time, alongside oral history recordings by original activists.

The show marks the culmination of a major heritage project led by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor. With the help of volunteers and original activists, the project is creating a record of this watershed moment as told by local people. The exhibition, alongside project oral history interviews, short films and podcasts, will be available as a touring show, and will be lodged at the Bishopsgate Institute Archives.

  • photography
  • activism
  • antiracism
  • film
  • exhibition
  • gallery
  • protest
  • blackandwhite


Attendees — 1

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Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point121 Roman Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 0QN, UK