New book

Passing

An alternative history of identity

Lipika Pelham reflects on tales of fluidity and transformation, including her own. From Pope Joan to Parasite, Brazil to Bangladesh, London to Liberia, Passing is a fascinating, timely history of the self.

Broadcast Friday 11 Jun 2021

Ministering Behind Bars

Lipika asks representatives of major world religions if they think the pathway to correction is through faith. The programme will bring you conversations between an inmate and his Christian worker; reflections of a rabbi, an imam, and a Buddhist meditation teacher about their methods to stop offenders from committing further crimes.

Out in June

Conversations Across Place

Volume I: The first volume of CaP grapples with the reflexive relationships of extraction, ruination and reverberation, working towards solidarity across places and perspectives. Within and between the essays, texts, interviews/conversations and artwork that make up the book, landscapes both metaphorical and material are mapped onto each other producing new images of liminal times and spaces that provide a critical opportunity to reassess diverse relationships to the world.

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Out in June

Conversations Across Place

Volume I: The first volume of CaP grapples with the reflexive relationships of extraction, ruination and reverberation, working towards solidarity across places and perspectives. Within and between the essays, texts, interviews/conversations and artwork that make up the book, landscapes both metaphorical and material are mapped onto each other producing new images of liminal times and spaces that provide a critical opportunity to reassess diverse relationships to the world.

Review

Passing

“Pelham, a writer with a flair for capturing complex sensitivities, has produced a provocative, engaging history that doesn’t balk at considering the fierce contemporary debate surrounding gender identity, or what happens when passing becomes trespassing, AKA cultural appropriation.”
— The Observer

Interview

Interview by Georgina Godwin for Monocle

“What do stories — in life and in art — tell us about the changing meaning of identity?”
Find out more at Jewish Book Week.

Lipika Pelham

“Marginalised people and groups are a recurring theme in my work. Their stories resonate powerfully with my own search to understand who we are. Migration, displacement, religious, sexual, gender, class and to some extent, ethnic ambiguities – the themes that I celebrate in my work are an integral part of my own journey. My desire to expound on them is an attempt to redefine, and own my identity, to be free of the tick boxes that our society uses to categorise us.”

Selected Previous Work

Jerusalem on the Amstel

A fascinating history of Amsterdam’s unlikely Jewish ‘Nation’.
This is the extraordinary tale of Amsterdam’s prosperous Sephardi community during the Dutch Golden Age. It offers poignant reflection on the meaning of nationhood, the Holocaust and what remains of Jerusalem on the Amstel.

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Deadly Honour

Narrated by a 15-year old girl, Salma, based on a real life survivor of honour killing, ‘Deadly Honour’ documents multiple murders and attempted murders of young women in the Israeli city of Ramle.

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