'Avenues' explores the racial tensions between Somali and Bengali youth living in the area surrounding Brick Lane in East London. The book contains the stories of Somali and Bengali kids and their many conflicting views. The idea behind the book was to bridge divides, help to instigate discussion and improve the kids' confidence. Sanchita has also produced a 45 minute film which accompanies the book and contains photos and detailed pencil portraits of the kids involved.
About the Author
Sanchita Islam is an artist, writer and film-maker. She graduated in International History and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. She has studied directing and screenwriting at the Northern Media School and Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design. She heads pigmentexplosion.com, a company that specialises in London based and international art projects.
Sanchita has exhibited and screened her films in London, New York, Paris, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. She has also made films in New York, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and London for the British Council, Arts Council and Commonwealth Institute. Her writing and artwork have been published in New York, Paris, London, Mumbai and Bangladesh.