Firi Rahman & We Are From Here Project

Vice | January 2020

To artist Firi Rahman, Slave Island is home. He recalled stories his grandmother told him of gang wars, laundry communities that once worked in the now-polluted lake, and a cinema being torched by a mob in the 80s. However, he admitted that he doesn’t know much else about the area’s history even though he grew up there. 

 

“There are dungeons that are now renovated into different beautiful buildings. That was where they kept the slaves. There were also old places where [slaves] used to bathe, like tiny little blocks of water. It’s not there anymore,” he told VICE. “I used to go there, not knowing the history about it.”

 

 

 

 

To artist Firi Rahman, Slave Island is home. He recalled stories his grandmother told him of gang wars, laundry communities that once worked in the now-polluted lake, and a cinema being torched by a mob in the 80s. However, he admitted that he doesn’t know much else about the area’s history even though he grew up there.

 

February 21, 2020