Manny Melotra: The Broadway, was an exploration of diaspora communities living together in Southall, West London.

Manny Melotra, second-year MA Commercial Photography student, exhibited at The Old Truman Brewery from the 2-4th February and was met with positive responses. The Broadway captured themes of migration, alienation, religion, community and austerity and featured poetry by Aisha-Asher Morgan. The successful exhibition transformed you into a world full of enigma, as people from various cultural and religious backgrounds found themselves living side-by-side in a space with its own challenges. 

In his work, Manny asked the question “Can you recreate a sense of ‘home’, when ‘home’ is being shared by people from various parts of the world wanting to do the same?”


Born and raised in the West London district of Southall, Melotra became fascinated with the lack of integration and cohesion in a community often heralded as the emblem of contemporary British multiculturalism. The lack of visual-documentary work around Southall, coupled with the 2016 EU referendum, inspired Melotra to document the complex nature of diaspora existence through his photography work.

See Manny’s work on his website.

Images from left to right: Manny with poet Aisha, snippets of his photography work.