Hope. Despair. Miracles. - Roxana Allison (Special Edition)

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Hope. Despair. Miracles. - Roxana Allison - Special Edition

Packaged in a golden envelope which contains; full colour 64 page signed newsprint, a signed 5"x7" print, an enamel pin of the word 'miracles' in Urdu language, hadcrafted in Mexico, and a suprise souvenir from Longsight. 

"Emerging in 2019 from a need to feel hopeful, Hope. Despair. Miracles. is a work-in-progress that focuses on the ordinary people making a real difference, often invisible to the many but emitting a tangible effect in our neighbourhoods.

It celebrates and honours the grassroots and individuals, that make small changes with a huge positive impact on everyday life through a combination of considered portraits and landscapes. Alongside the imagery sits a commentary on socio-economic inequality in today’s Britain and the resilience of its multi-ethnic communities.

Hope. Despair. Miracles. was conceived out of my own cultural identity: a mixture of roots. Fourteen years ago, I left Mexico, my motherland, to cross the ocean in search of my British identity, carrying within me a romanticised idea of the so-called “developed world”. Manchester, my original birthplace, is now my second home.

Moving here opened my eyes to a rich mix of worlds, drawn from a historical Empire, that cohabit and collide. I live in Longsight, a densely populated multicultural neighbourhood known for its large Pakistani community established here in the 1960s; it is in essence, the closest version of Mexico I found accidentally.

It is not obvious at first sight, but the area’s chaotic surface conceals an abundance of changemakers that deserve recognition and remind us that a book should never be judged by its cover.

In a time where communities are facing a post-Covid crisis, Hope. Despair. Miracles. aims to transcend the local and inspire others to acknowledge that change is possible, and togetherness is essential; it calls us to look carefully and recognise the meaningful people we have around us. 

With financial support from Manchester City Council, the project has been made into a 64-page, full-colour newsprint including photography portraits and landscapes as well as written word by participants; plus a short introductory essay by Roxana, and contributions by local residents and people that work in the area. All texts are in English and Urdu, reflecting Longsight’s large Urdu speaking communities."

  • Published by Roxana Allison
  • Picture editing by Sebah Chaudhry and Roxana Allison
  • Design by Mark Starbuck
  • Translation by Imran Arif
  • Text editing by Laura Robertson
  • Tabloid Newspaper printed in the UK by The Newspaper Club
  • 64 pages, full colour
  • English / Urdu
  • October 2023
  • Packaged in a golden envelope which contains; full colour 64 page signed newsprint, a signed 5"x7" print, an enamel pin of the word 'miracles' in Urdu language, hadcrafted in Mexico, and a suprise souvenir from Longsight. 
  • Please note: blue/pink enamel badge variants will be allocated at random for online orders

About Roxana Allison:

Roxana Allison is a Mexican-British photographer based in the United Kingdom with a socially driven focus whose work explores themes of place, belonging and identity. The personal experience is often her departure point to explore universal issues concerned with the human condition.

Allison has worked in the fields of photography and education for the past fifteen years and has extensive experience working with young people and underrepresented communities. Her series Uncovering the Invisible: A Portrait of Latin Americans in the UK, commissioned by The University of Nottingham and supported by the AHRC, was exhibited in London City Hall as part of The Mayor of London’s public programme in 2014 attracting marginalised groups and ethnic minority audiences, and toured to other important venues across the UK.