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Commencing in 2016 following a chance meeting with a local charity worker, Hanif Bobat, of Ethnic Health Forum, they set out to capture the ever-changing landscape and cultural diversity of the ‘Curry Mile’ before it changed beyond all recognition.
What was traditionally a predominantly Indian & Pakistani influenced neighbourhood, the area has evolved exponentially over recent times, influenced by immigration from the Middle East and East Africa. The result has seen an increase in multinationalism in terms of language, culture, bespoke shops, restaurants, cafes, dessert parlours, barber shops and shisha bars, all which have sprung up to serve this ‘new’ community. Perceptions of this street are forever evolving and the exhibition raises the very pertinent question as to whether the term ‘Curry Mile’ is now a misnomer.
The photographs capture many of the scenes, people, places and religious events of this neighbourhood. The project also references the wider Rusholme community, touching on the impact of Manchester City Football Club’s relocation from Maine Road in 2003 and the demise of the many public houses. There is also an interesting collection of ‘Curry Mile Stories’, where past memories and future aspirations of Rusholme, are recorded by members of the community.