Hammaad Chaudry on framing his own narrative: StageBuddy interview.

April 27, 2018

Q The play is deeply personal and intimate – about the Bhatti family – but it is also political and touches on several issues. How do you see the work challenging notions of what it means to be Muslim in the western world, specifically in the UK and the US (given the play is particularly resonant in the current political climate)?

A I don’t. I’m an artist, not an activist.

If I were to write an op ed, an opinion piece, give a TED talk and so on, then yes, challenging such notions, challenging the current political climate, would be the primary if not the sole purpose.

But in art, for me, that is where all convictions, no matter how impeccable, are contested. Including one’s own.


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