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“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth”


Public View: Thursday 19th Oct 7-9.30pm

Show Dates: 19-10-2017 – 24-10-2017

A-side B-side Gallery is pleased to present, ‘Light of Unity’ a group exhibition

Two hundred years ago in Persia, the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith was born and he brought a message of peace, community and empowerment. To mark the occasion, this exhibition brings together ten artists whose work responds to one of his writings:

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth”. 

Do you see unity in your communities? How can we respond to the turbulent times we live in? Is peace realistic? We want to explore these questions with an artistic intervention that will inject some hope into the atmosphere. During the week of the exhibition, the space will host evening talks and crafternoons to bring people together and create opportunities to get to know our community and find opportunities for service. 

The exhibition is organised by the Baha’i community of Hackney who put out a call for artists contributors of all backgrounds and mediums. The result is a range of works that exemplifies the Baha’i concept of unity in diversity. 

Shaheen Kasmani, a surface pattern and textile designer, has produced a series of Islamic geometric compositions inspired by her travels around the globe; Kate Padget-Koh has painted a vibrant portrait of Saint Francis to celebrate life, nature and hill-running; Victoria Eyton has digitally manipulated photographs of Persian carpets to create beautiful symmetrical patterns and Nasim Körting focuses on the ceilings of Continental Baha’i Houses of Worship as an expression of the unity of religion; among others.


The Baha'i Faith: Action on a community level.

Sunday 22nd Oct | 7pm 9pm

Hear about what local Baha'is are doing to serve the Hackney community, how this fits into a global vision of working

for world unity, and ways to get involved.

Unity: From Vision to Reality

Monday 23rd Oct | 7pm 9pm

Join us for an in depth look at HOW global unity might be realised.

Professor Nava Ashraf from the London School of Economics and journalist Saleem Vaillancourt will discuss

the task of achieving universal peace. Do we truly believe unity and peace are possible? Or are we chasing

an impossible dream? Baha’u’llah founded the Baha’i Faith in the 19th century with the declaration that

humanity is destined to recognise its oneness and to achieve universal peace. But it won’t be easy; it won’t

be quick. The gallery will simultaneously display work from local artists responding to the same theme.

A little about the panel contributors:

Nava Ashraf is a Professor at the Department of Economics and Research Director at the Marshall Institute,

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). As the Research Director she leads the Marshall

Institute’s effort to imbue private action for the public good with the science that illuminates how to

maximise its impact.  She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University, where she was an Assistant and later Associate

Professor from 2005 to 2016. Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both

lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioural economics in the context of global development

in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Saleem Vaillancourt is a journalist and the coordinator of the Education Is Not A Crime street art and human

rights campaign. Saleem writes about human rights, art and society, and has worked in London, New York

and Singapore. His work has been published in IranWire, Asia360 and The Guardian. He studied English at

the University of London and Global Politics at the London School of Economics.

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Gallery opening times:

10 - 5pm Friday – Tuesday

12noon – 5pm & 7 – 9.30pm Thursday





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