A new exhibition is honouring the plight of local Muslim veterans.
Nottingham is paying respect to British Muslim soldiers of the First and Second World Wars with a new exhibition at the New Art Exchange in Hyson Green.
John Akomfrah, creator of the main exhibition explained that the main aim of his work was “honouring the untold sacrifices made by the many thousands of soldiers, labourers and carriers from a colonised Africa”.
Alongside artefacts such as military equipment used, maps and pictures of those who fought; there also features a film which was first debuted at the Imperial War Museum last year, called Mimesis: African Soldier.
One visitor, Lesley Brown, called the exhibit “very moving…makes me angry at the way history was taught and continues to be taught”.
The exhibition, called When the Snow Melts: The World Wars, Empire and Muslim Soldiers, opened on October 12 and is free to visit until December 31st.
When the Snow Melts is a part of Himmah’s Heritage Lottery Funded, Muslim Memory Project which is on a mission to record the rich stories of Nottingham’s World War Two involved Muslim families and will culminate in a final release in 2020.
The New Art Exchange will also be holding a number of events in celebration of Black History Month from October 19-31.