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‘SARA SHAMMA: MODERN SLAVERY’ CHESTER CATHEDRAL
Solo show curated by Kathleen Soriano

10 October 2020 - 22 October 2020
Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery, an exhibition of paintings by London-based Syrian artist Sara Shamma, will be shown in Chester Cathedral’s Chapter House this October. The exhibition came out of Shamma’s 2019, research-focussed residency at King’s College London, where she was based within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), working closely with Dr Siân Oram and in partnership with the Helen Bamber Foundation. Today, it is estimated that human trafficking and modern slavery affects an estimated 40 million people worldwide. As part of her residency Shamma conducted interviews with women who have lived experience of modern slavery, as well as with academics and experts in the field. The resulting figurative work considers the meaning of survival, endurance and recovery from the survivors’ perspectives. The exhibition Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery at Chester Cathedral (coinciding with Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October) draws attention, through a series of large-scale paintings and oil sketches, to the global issue of Modern Slavery. The exhibition is supported by: Cheshire Constabulary, Chester Cathedral congregation, The Diocese of Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Council and individual donors. Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery was first shown at Bush House, King’s College London from 1 October until 22 November 2019. Curated by Kathleen Soriano
Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery
Saturday 10 October – Thursday 22 October 2020
Free entry
Open normal Cathedral hours
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