Instagram Chronicle of Gulf migration and memories
What’s especially exciting about this project is that it is coming from people who themselves have been part of this history; that it takes us back to some of the earliest photographically-recorded moments and memories; and that it acknowledges the two-way nature of these longstanding connections. This project puts detail, texture and emotion into academic works and theories which plead for us not to start Gulf migration history in the 1960s, and not to imagine it as a one-way travel. In Calicut, we know families who have histories of 19th and early 20th C marriage with Gulf Arabs, charitable and educational institutions founded back in the early 20th, and all kinds of deep entanglement.
I know I’m going to be spending a few hours wandering in this poignant space. I hope you do, too.