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Elisabetta Marino, lecturer from the University of Rome Tor Vergata interviews artist, writer and filmmaker Sanchita Islam about her life and work with marginalised communities. (This article has been published in the January 2012 issue of the International Journal on Multicultural Literature)
Sanchita Islam is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Her work deals with a variety of themes and she works across media. She has been running the organization Pigment Explosion for over ten years now, focusing on international art projects that stem from a distinctive work ethic, supported by a well-articulated educational plan. By employing people living in the countries where a film (for example) is being shot, marginalized groups and individuals who otherwise would never have the chance to work in the creative industries are given the possibility to acquire skills and expertise.
Islam has so far written fifteen books, two plays, shot seventeen films, and exhibited her pictures and drawings in capital cities such as London, Paris and New York, just to mention a few. Currently, she is creating new work for a forthcoming exhibition in London, completing commissioned based paintings and writing new poems and books with varied thematic content.