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Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point Exhibition

Photo credit: Image by Paul Trevor. Outside Bethnal Green police station, London, 17 July 1978.

Author: Four Corners & Swadhinata Trust


A major exhibition of photographs by Paul Trevor documents a dramatic struggle for justice.

Following the racist murder of Altab Ali in May 1978, east London’s young Bengali community took to the streets in protest. Four Corners’ new exhibition, Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point, brings together seventy of Paul Trevor’s images alongside accounts of pioneering activists, to produce a powerful narrative of the time.

The show marks the culmination of a major heritage project led by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust with a dedicated group of volunteers, and who have interviewed many people involved in these momentous events. The exhibition pays tribute to a generation whose actions changed the course of civil rights in the UK.

The exhibition will be in place until 10th September 2022 at the Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green.

Julie Begum, Chair of Swadhinata Trust, said, “It is important to commemorate Altab Ali Day to
remember the racist violence the Bengali community faced in the East End of London, and to
celebrate the community’s united defence to defeat the evils of racism.”

Paul Trevor said: “They say a photo is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, as in this case,
words are essential. This project is an opportunity to add the voices of those who made history to the images of that story.”

Carla Mitchell, Artistic Development Director at Four Corners said: “This history is highly relevant today, with an increase of racist attacks and violence making the headlines. Thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to ensure that this powerful heritage is made publicly accessible for a wide audience of current & future generations.”

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