Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah: ‘And still, it remains’

8 September, 2023
– 14 October, 2023
Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm
Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 7JF
A person wearing a grey outfit and a black turban squats in the middle of a sandy ground with patches of green and yellow grass. The background is a steep, rugged rocky slope
'And still, it remains', Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah, 2023.

Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah are a filmmaking duo who share a dedication to examining race, migration and the ongoing legacies of colonialism through film. They are based in London, UK and their work has been exhibited at Humber Street Gallery, Wellcome Trust, Phillida Reid Gallery and the National Gallery of Art in the US. Their latest film ‘I Carry It With Me Everywhere’ was supported by the Brent Biennial 2022 and LUX. Together, Arwa & Turab co-founded Other Cinemas, an award-winning project dedicated to supporting the work of Black and non-white filmmakers through free community screenings and a year-long film school. Other Cinemas was recognised as a Film London Lodestar in 2022 and was awarded the ‘Support Structure for Support Structures’ fellowship by the Serpentine Gallery.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. It delivers training programmes, an annual film festival, the bi-annual publication Non-Fiction and screening projects throughout the year that aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms.  The 13th edition of the festival takes place in London, 6-17 September 2023.


LUX is pleased to announce the first London solo exhibition by artists Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah in collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival.

‘And still, it remains’ is a new artists’ film that examines time, toxic colonialism and how we survive the end of our world. In 2021, radioactive sand resulting from French nuclear bombs travelled in the winds all the way from the Algerian Sahara back to France. The bombs had been detonated in Algeria back in the 1960s. These returning winds were a reminder that the environmental legacies of colonialism cannot be forgotten or contained; it also raised the more pertinent question of how people live with the afterlife of toxic colonialism.

‘And still, it remains’ spends time with the residents of a village in the Hoggar Mountains of Algeria who live surrounded by ancient rock art and the legacy of France’s nuclear bombs. Exploring their migration to the area, faith, their way of life, colonialism and the nuclear bombs, the film asks: What does it mean to live in such intimacy with toxic colonialism? What understanding is gained from this proximity? The feminist thinker bell hooks talks about a particular way of knowing that comes from experience – “it’s a deep understanding that is often expressed through the body, as what they know has been deeply inscribed on it.” How do people make sense of what happened to them? What are their ideas of justice? And finally, how do they find a way to carry on? 

‘And still, it remains’ is presented in collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival (6-12 September 2023) and was commissioned by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, supported using funds from Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.



Reading List curated by Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah

  •  A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None by Kathryn Yusoff
  • Saharan Journey by Sven Lindqvist 
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • The Funambulist #14 (Nov – Dec 2017) TOXIC ATMOSPHERES



Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The films in the exhibition will have captions. 

Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or a lower volume environment.

You can find general access information here

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