Five (and a bit) Questions with…Thahmina Haseen
Being an artist or a creative in any field has a huge impact on our worldview. To be able to influence someone with your craft is a powerful tool
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Thahmina Haseen. I’m a writer and food lover. I run goldentiffin.co which is a space dedicated to sharing Bengali recipes passed down from my grandmother (with the odd tweak thrown in).
2. Do you think an artist has a particular role or responsibility in the world?
Being an artist or a creative in any field has a huge impact on our worldview. To be able to influence someone with your craft is a powerful tool and it’s wonderful to see that there are a growing number of individuals who are inspired by the determination of others who create a narrative for themselves despite the fears and anxieties of being taken seriously by mainstream society.
3. How do you see your role?
My role as a food writer allows me to be frivolous and share my passions with unadulterated enthusiasm. I wouldn’t class myself as an ‘artist’ as such, but if someone came across Golden Tiffin and left with a curiosity to try something they wouldn’t have dared to before, I would see that as a huge accomplishment.
4. Does identity play a role in your creative craft, and if so how?
Absolutely! Golden Tiffin is a way of mapping the evolution of my family’s identity through food; some recipes are very old, and some recently discovered. My creative influence is my grandmother. Growing up, I would watch in awe as she laboured over the stove for hours on end. Her pots and pans seemed like bottomless pits of flavoursome dishes; quite truly the gift that kept on giving.
5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given over the course of your career?
Consistency is key and there will be days, weeks, months where persisting just doesn’t seem worth it. When that happens, allow yourself a break, reinvent yourself, think of a different angle, but never give up on the dream.
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Where’s your favourite place to see art?
Rich Mix in Shoreditch for its seasonal Bengali melodramas.
You can see Thahmina is our Amal teaser video along with several other artists. You can find out more about them here:
Alia Al Zougbi – www.aliaalzougbi.com
George Butler – www.georgebutler.org
Batool Abbas – www.cargocollective.com/batoolabbas
Sanaa Hamid – www.ronakbahaar.com
Nasreen Raja – www.instagram.com/nasreenraja
Ruh Al Alam – www.ruhalalam.com
Mohammed Yahya – www.facebook.com/MohammedYahya
May Robertson – www.mayrobertson.co.uk
Salahuddin Mazhary – www.instagram.com/adventuresinfashionistan
Alton Letto – www.twitter.com/altonletto
Thahmina Haseen – www.goldentiffin.co
Maab Adams – www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK_G-h1uep8