Exposition | “Football and Religion: Tales of Hope, Play and Passion” — Aga Khan Centre, London, 2/09/2022 to 04/12/2022

Presented by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Aga Khan Centre Gallery, this exhibition explores the relationship between football and religion and how the two are often connected, with players praying on the pitch and fans observing religious rituals in tandem. The wider narrative across the exhibition examines football’s ability to champion social causes, promote marginalised voices, and create opportunities for inclusion and diversity in ways no other sport can.

The exhibition provides a narrative on the subject through a snapshot of social history and contemporary commentary with a selection of books, magazines and newspaper articles, relevant objects, and artefacts. This narrative provides the contextual backdrop for a series of new artworks created by visual artist, illustrator, and animator Ed Merlin Murray.

The exhibition, Football and Religion, includes something for everyone — from eye-catching immersive illustrated animations to interactive art and a host of inspirational media that allow visitors to delve into the subject as much as they wish.

Visit the Aga Khan Centre Gallery for more details about the exhibition: www.agakhancentre.org.uk/gallery/

Speakers

• Kevin Coleman: Formerly of Brentford FC (Chair).

• Ed Merlin Murray: Visual artist and animator.

• Karshima Inayat: Gilgit League Pakistan.

• Dr Zafar Iqbal: Head of Sports Medicine, Crystal Palace FC.

• Matt Baker: Director of Sports Chaplaincy UK and Chaplain for Charlton Athletic FC.

• Linvoy Primus: Former Portsmouth and Charlton FC.

• Yasmin Abukar: Founder Sisterhood FC.

Dates and Times
Panel Discussion: 1 September 2022, 18:00-19:00 (London Time)
Exhibition Viewing: 1 September 2022, 19:00-20:00
Exhibition Viewing: 2 September – 4 December 2022

Venue
Aga Khan Centre (Atrium Conference Room and Gallery),
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN

Booking
The event is free, but booking is essential:
To attend in person, register via Eventbrite: https://fal.cn/3r4zn
To attend online, register via Zoom: https://fal.cn/3r4zo

More information: here

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