‘Please mind the gap’/Ali Tareen (UK)
200A Chingford Mount Rd, London E4 8JR, UK
When you hear or see the term “mind the gap,” you are likely to correlate it with the London Underground’s audible and visual warning to passengers of crossing the spatial gap between the platform and the train carriage. The phrase was coined around 1968 and introduced in London Underground stations in 1969. Around the same time, the Race Relations Act in October 1968 was also introduced into Parliament. This was ‘an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom making it illegal to refuse housing, employment, or public services to a person on the grounds of colour, race, ethnic or national origins.’
With the current state of the UK on the verge of leaving the European Union (a referendum in 2016 which was based on fake news, propaganda and a lack of information, mostly targeting against immigrants and asylum seekers). The decision to leave the E.U. on March 29, 2019, has divided the UK into two groups; the Brexiters and the Remainers. According to the Home Office in October 2018, hate crime has increased by more than double in the last five years with no sign of it being reduced. With Brexit looming over us, this is a crucial time to create a dialogue to try to prevent any further tensions.
‘Please mind the gap’ is mixed media exhibition by art works of London born artist, Ali Tareen, exploring nationalistic themes of division and race. This is the first exhibition in over 10 years that Tareen is exhibiting in London and the final exhibition at Ma-Wah Gallery. He was born in East London and obtained a BA (Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, graduating with a First Class Certificate. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Czechia, the UK and Spain and his works are in private collections across, the UK, Europe, the USA, Russia and Australia.
The exhibition opening starts from 6pm on 1st March and runs until 8th March