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One Song

One Song is a new video installation from artist Kadir Karababa about how songs are carried across borders and continents and yet remain firmly rooted in the places they were first sung.

Tuesday 25 October 2022 to Sunday 5 February 2023 | Free


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Audiences will come face to face with 15 women as they sing acapella, sometimes alone, sometimes overlapping in a chorus of voices.

Inspired by his family story of migration from Eastern Turkey to London, Karababa worked with women across Hackney who had the shared experience of having been born outside of and moved to the UK.

In a series of sessions between April and June 2022 contributors shared personal stories with each other and contemplated the question, “which one song takes you back to the place you first called home?”

Sung in their original languages, the songs have English subtitles allowing the viewer to experience their themes of land, love, and loss.

Alongside the installation, there will be a series of associated events including workshops for families and panel discussions exploring the work further, details of which will be shared on our events page.

One Song was commissioned by Counterpoints and funded by Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund, created from a levy on developers to support arts and culture programmes that bring different communities together.


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About Kadir Karababa

Kadir Karababa's practice is both socio-politically engaged and deeply rooted in his personal experiences of class, identity and collective memory. Encompassing sculpture, print, audio-visual and performative elements his work often makes use of archival research, found images and cheap everyday materials that are at hand.

Kadir was born in London in 1985 and has mixed Turkish, English and Cypriot heritage. He lives and works in Hackney, London. He is a graduate of MA Arts and Place, Dartington Art School.


Singers Alessandra Liguori, Alicia Rodriguez, Anisha Pucadyil, Audrey Harrison, Çiğdem Doğus, Fatimah Soraya Nobeebaccus, Francesca Camozzi, Hacer Karababa, Handan Karakuş, Jasmina Dimitrijevic, Liya Takie, Majlinda Xhaferraj, Primla Bhambri, Saeeda Banu, Yuko Tsukahara Gaydu

Artist Kadir Karababa

Curator Louis Platman

Project Assistant and Workshop Facilitator Ellen Muriel

Producer for Counterpoints Arts Tom Green

One Song Website Maria Ilona Moore

Filming and Editing Tyler Freeman-Smith

Graphic Design Studio DC

Set Construction Marguerite Le Párd and Elisabetta Antonucci

Special thanks

Special thanks to:

Hacer and Abdullah Karababa, Matthew Docherty, David Huang, Julian Parr, Ioanna Korfiati at Xenia, Jasmina Dimitrijevic and Sermin Aksoy at Refugee Women's Association,  Ruby Farrell at Age UK East London, Etienne Joseph at Hackney Archives, Erin Claiborne, Ipek Ozerim, Rick Levene, Marc Brown, Petra Roberts, Sheerie Baker, Jay Wilkes, Clair Battaglino and all the staff of Museum of the Home.

For more information

One Song is supported by Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund.

For more information about the project, please contact

One Song on the Counterpoints Arts website: 

In response to One Song

One Song Family Day: Mixtape

In October 2022, Artist Orly Orbach invited families visiting the Museum to respond to the One Song exhibition. The result is a ‘mixtape’, a shared archive that captures the intangible heritage of childhood through an ethereal, eclectic sonic landscape.