DESIBITION ft Saffiyah Khan

A photograph of SAFFIYAH KHAN’s smile made headlines around the world this year and put Birmingham’s record of cultural diversity in the spotlight.

We commissioned SAFFIYAH KHAN to document the DESI MOVES summer music programme; showing young people on a journey that began in youth centres and ended on stage at the ZEE BIRMINGHAM MELA. DESIBITION is a witness to the vibrant street-level culture of South Asian young people in Birmingham’s inner-city wards.

For her first major photography exhibition, SAFFIYAH KHAN showcased her own photographs for the first time, documenting young South Asian people coming together with others in the heart of the city on a journey of discovery, artistry and collaboration.