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Arts Against Extraditions at This Is Not A Gateway

Thank you so much to all the artists who contributed postcard images to our show at This Is Not A Gateway. The photos were exhibited across the weekend of talks and events, along with a proposed sample letter from Arts Against Extraditions outlining our concerns with the Extradition Treaty. All the artists involved were credited and photographic documentation of individual artist’s works is available on request. Here are some photos of the exhibition.

On the right, view of ‘Extradite us we’re British’ 2012 by Anwyl Cooper-Willis

View of work by Sophie Lewis

View of ‘Extrade Me Imbrish’ 2013 by Iasonas Kampanis

View of ‘Wet Boot’ 2013 by Sabatin Bascoban

Views of ‘My passport is Red! Extradite me!’ 2012 by Amanda Agyei, featuring Amanda Agyei and Ben Jenner

Left: ‘Our Land: Hair on Grass’ 2010 by Jill Eastland. A photograph of common land grass with a photogram of a lock of hair

Right: A piece from ‘Pattern series’ 2007 by Justine Blau

View of ‘We don’t need proof. We have power.’ 2012 by Hello Dust

#TINAGFESTIVAL | 26-27 JAN 2013

We’re delighted to be taking part in This Is Not A Gateway Festival 2013, held at the Bishopsgate Institute on the 26th - 27th of January.

We’ll be exhibiting a slideshow of the many wonderful, thought-provoking and humorous "Extradite Me, I’m British" postcard submissions that we received this Autumn.

If you were planning to submit a postcard then there is still time - just! E-mail us at artsagainstextraditions@gmail.com as soon as you can. View our callout for more details!

Arts Against Extraditions take part in Secret Cinema’s production of The Shawshank Redemption.

Arts Against Extraditions have just emerged from five weeks incarcerated in Oak Hampton State Penitentiary courtesy of Secret Cinema. We’re excited to reveal the creative extradition-themed projects that we undertook during this period and thank Secret Cinema for inviting us to partner with them on such an amazing production.

Our ‘Extradited Snowman’, ‘Solitary Confinement Snowflake’ and ‘Legal scroll’ Christmas Cards will be on sale from Wednesday and the majority of the proceeds will go to charity.

Thanks to the wonderful actors and our real-life lawyer consultant and script writing team for making our Plea Bargain performance happen. We’ll be publishing the script so that extradition campaigners can reproduce it in the future!

And finally, a massive thanks to all our workshop team who spent so many hours helping us run workshop for up to 140 people a night! A genuinely impressive undertaking all round.

Here’s a link to the Secret Cinema newsletter.

Arts Against Extraditions Christmas cards and artwork can be bought from the Secret Cinema shop here. Money raised will be given to charity.

Christmas card workshop

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Photos copyright: Claudia Leisinger.


Plea bargain with lawyer

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Prisoners speak to our lawyer trying to bargain for shorter sentences.

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A prisoner comes face to face with the Oak Hampton parole board following his negotiations with our lawyer.


Secret Gallery

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Mind the gap sign by Arts Against Extraditions, featuring a poem by Talha Ahsan

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By Sofia Niazi and Arts Against Extraditions featuring a poem by Talha Ahsan

Solitary confinement snowflake cards

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Photo copyright: Claudia Leisinger.

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Some of the snowflake shapes have American Supermax prisons as backgrounds. Others have close-up drawings of a man in solitary confinement inspired by an illustration from Charles Dickens’ American Notes.

Extradited Snowman cards

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Photo copyright: Claudia Leisinger.

A snowman in a prisoner outfit is being prepared for transportation. The caption refers to the extradition act, or to a more hopeful act of arranging for a loved one to visit at Christmas.

Legal Scroll cards

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Photos copyright: Claudia Leisinger.

Charles Dickens invented the term Red Tape referring to both bureaucracy and Pink legal ribbon, it is little known that Green legal ribbon was used for UK and US treaties. As well as legal ribbon bows, some of these cards have a passage by Dickens about a poet in solitary confinement whom he met in a prison in Philadelphia. Others have extracts from poetry by Talha Ahsan, a Koestler Award winning poet who was held in prison in the UK without charge for many years before being extradited to the US where he is now in solitary confinement.

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Arts Against Extraditions Christmas cards and artwork can be bought from the Secret Cinema shop here. Money raised will be given to charity.

Extradition
Five years ago they brought me to a celland ever since a waiting games plays here.As they decide on sending me away,my parents grow so grey and sad at home.How will they manage visiting me thereor must they wait until the end of time?Ma, hear my oath, by him whose hand is time,bars stand in worship with me in this cell.So even if I’m extradited thereand taken from my humble parents here,then tell them paradise is our true homewhose gardens years will never fade away.To Florence prison I’ll be sent awayIt doesn’t matter what will be my time.No prison ever can be called my home,how ever long they put me in a cell.A higher power occupies me herewho’s closer to me even over there.Perhaps they’ll clean their hands of me once there.And then my country feels I’m wiped away.Though germs stay always floating from me here:these particles will gather born in time,a culture breeding from a tiny cell,to carry on infecting every home.Theresa May, a minister at homethough feeble servant to her masters there;a solitary torture chamber cell,To put me in, she’ll simply say, ‘Away!’So let me while I can devote my timeto work for my own justice over here.I pitch a tent for battle waiting here.And in this heart of mine you’ll find a home,free from the crumbling effects of timeor any rotting thoughts of being there.It is a sin for me to run awayAs patience brings my glory to this cell.For time will be a brief sojourning here,and there, or anywhere I make a home -Away! A caravan escapes my cell.(C) Talha Ahsan, HMP Long Lartin, 19 July 2011  www.freetalha.org
Illustration by Sofia Niazi

Extradition


Five years ago they brought me to a cell
and ever since a waiting games plays here.
As they decide on sending me away,
my parents grow so grey and sad at home.
How will they manage visiting me there
or must they wait until the end of time?

Ma, hear my oath, by him whose hand is time,
bars stand in worship with me in this cell.
So even if I’m extradited there
and taken from my humble parents here,
then tell them paradise is our true home
whose gardens years will never fade away.

To Florence prison I’ll be sent away
It doesn’t matter what will be my time.
No prison ever can be called my home,
how ever long they put me in a cell.
A higher power occupies me here
who’s closer to me even over there.

Perhaps they’ll clean their hands of me once there.
And then my country feels I’m wiped away.
Though germs stay always floating from me here:
these particles will gather born in time,
a culture breeding from a tiny cell,
to carry on infecting every home.

Theresa May, a minister at home
though feeble servant to her masters there;
a solitary torture chamber cell,
To put me in, she’ll simply say, ‘Away!’
So let me while I can devote my time
to work for my own justice over here.

I pitch a tent for battle waiting here.
And in this heart of mine you’ll find a home,
free from the crumbling effects of time
or any rotting thoughts of being there.
It is a sin for me to run away
As patience brings my glory to this cell.

For time will be a brief sojourning here,
and there, or anywhere I make a home -
Away! A caravan escapes my cell.

(C) Talha Ahsan, HMP Long Lartin, 19 July 2011  www.freetalha.org

Illustration by Sofia Niazi

“Extradite Me, I’m British” Postcard Callout

Arts Against Extraditions are inviting artists to create an image incorporating the phrase “Extradite Me, I’m British”. The images should be 300dpi and A5 in size (210mm x 148mm). They can be in any style, the only stipulation being the inclusion of the line “Extradite Me, I’m British”. You may choose to address the subject of extradition directly in your work, but this is not a requirement for entry. These images will be printed on A5 postcards which will be included in an exhibition, and collectively form part of a performative piece of mail art. The best entries will be printed as a limited edition set.

For more info see our Callouts section:

http://artsagainstextraditions.tumblr.com/callouts
Twitter: @ArtsCampaigners

September press articles:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/talha-ahsan-behind-bars-for-six-years-without-charge-and-a-family-losing-faith-in-the-rule-of-law-8113730.html

http://www.economist.com/node/21563331

"Extradition" by Turab Shah

Your last chance to save Babar and Talha. Act today, don’t delay before it’s too late. Every second counts. 

1. Email the DPP and your MP today. If you’ve written once, write again.

2. Get every member of your family to do the same.

3. Ensure one friend per day minimum to do the same.

4. Get 10 members of your constituency to write an open letter to your MP in the local paper.

5. Arrange a delegation to visit your MP.

6. Write to every national paper which has covered the case calling for a UK trial.

Full details at http://tinyurl.com/9oyl88z

www.extraditionfilm.com

Noam Chomsky talks about the UK Extradition treaty with the US.  

Comedian Jeff Mirza at “Extradite Me I’m British” event at Rich Mix.

Musician UK Apache at “Extradite Me I’m British” event.

Actress Manjinder Virk at “Extradite Me I’m British” event

Author A.L. Kennedy at “Extradite Me I’m British” event

For more photos see:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57062952@N05/sets/72157631522817989/with/7983817343/

All photos copyright Aimee Valinski (all rights reserved).

Extradite Me, I’m British
An evening of film, prison poetry, talks, drama, comedy, talks, nasheeds around the notorious 2003 US-UK extradition treaty currently affecting  British citizens Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad, Richard O’Dwyer and Gary  Mckinnon.
Saturday 8th September
Time: 7pm – 11pmTickets: £5 (at Rich Mix Box Office)
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
http://www.richmix.org.uk/
Tickets: £5
Bookings: https://uk.patronbase.com/_RM/Sections/Choose?prod_id=AF33&perf_id=1

Extradite Me, I’m British

An evening of film, prison poetry, talks, drama, comedy, talks, nasheeds around the notorious 2003 US-UK extradition treaty currently affecting  British citizens Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad, Richard O’Dwyer and Gary  Mckinnon.

Saturday 8th September

Time: 7pm – 11pm
Tickets: £5 (at Rich Mix Box Office)

Rich Mix 
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.

http://www.richmix.org.uk/

Tickets: £5

Bookings: https://uk.patronbase.com/_RM/Sections/Choose?prod_id=AF33&perf_id=1