Salma Ashraf, Chalta Hi Gaya, 2017. Production still courtesy of the artist.

Salma Ashraf
Chalta Hi Gaya


Chalta Hi Gaya is a two-screen film installation, capturing the daily domestic life of a British Asian family. As the camera focuses on the corners of rooms and close-up details of regular activities like cooking or sewing, the sound captures conversations taking place out of view. Amid this mundane daily chatter, personal stories of injustice and harassment are woven. Viewers who don’t share the family’s language are only given access to carefully chosen sections of conversation through subtitles.

The film inverts the dehumanising narrative and surveillance of the Muslim community by using the same methods employed by the media and government to instead bring focus to the prevalent violent rhetoric in today’s society, which is most easily exposed when presented in counterpoint to our domestic lives.

The work is approx 14 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times.

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Salma Ashraf