Gaylan Nazhad

Nazhad is a bespoke photographer specialising in portrait and bodily representations in the Rembrandt style. Since 1989 he has been active in the arts as photographer and producer in twelve theatre shows internationally, including dramatisations of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’ and Eugène Ionesco’s ‘La Jeune Fille à Marier’. After graduating in Theatre Directing at Sulaimani Institute of Fine Arts, he went on to study Master Degree in Documentary Film at The Royal Holloway University of London. He currently lectures in photography at the University of Shanghai.

​For Banner Theatre in the United Kingdom, Nazhad has covered a wide range of stories, from the plight of displaced populations in the Middle East to the social trauma experienced by refugees in the West. In 2018 Nazhad published his first photographic collection in book-form, entitled ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’, which was praised, despite the dangerous and tragic circumstances, for its intimate portrait work and honest use of absurd realism. During his coverage for the book, Nazhad gave public talks for a variety of institutions, including the BBC. His work remains passionately human in context, often with a sharp focus on moral ambiguities, existential angst and beauty in unexpected places.

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Status Now 4 All

We call upon the British and Irish States to act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Status Now, as in Leave to Remain. In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else.

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The Walk: Hope. Too BIG to ignore.

Walk with Amal: One little girl. One BIG hope.

Little Amal, a young refugee, embarks on a remarkable journey – an epic voyage that will take her across Turkey, across Europe. To find her mother. To get back to school. To start a new life. Will the world let her? Can she achieve what now seems more impossible than ever?

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Status Now 4 All – EDM #658

Please ask your MP to support EDM #658.

28.6.2020: We have an urgent request: the call for Status Now for All is being carried into Parliament in an Early Day Motion – EDM #658 as follows:


​That this House notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens of the UK and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to government advice on social distancing, and to ensure the health of themselves and their families as well as helping protect the health of all of us.

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