Carter, Claire. 2015. DEMO KHAT. [Artist's Book]

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DEMO KHAT is a post performance script with accompanying documents.
EDITOR: Bridget Penney
PUBLISHER: Invisible Books

On 24th June 2014 khat was classified as a Class C drug in the UK and it became illegal to possess, produce and trade in it. A Home Office leaflet stated that this was to ‘help protect local communities from the potential health and social harms associated with khat and to ensure that the UK does not become a hub for international khat smuggling’. Yet in banning khat the government completely disregarded the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and their own Home Affairs Committee. An afterword by Carter and Penney considers some of the complexities surrounding the introduction of the ban and tries to form an impression of the situation one year on. A full list of references to material are cited in the afterword.

'DEMO KHAT' was performed on 20th March 2014 at DIG, SE13 5SU. It was part of an event devised by Claire Makhlouf Carter, Mark Lewis and Nik Jaffe.
'DEMO KHAT' was written in response to Hélène Martin's invitation to collaborate in a performance event at Café Curio, Camden Art's Centre, London on 20th February 2013.
'DEMO KHAT SYMPOSIUM' was performed at the Institutional Loser Symposion. The Institutional Loser Symposion was devised by Rachel Cockburn and held in a North London Private Residence on 7th November 2013.

Special consultant and presenter's assistant
Mustafa K. Mohamed

Presenter: Rachel Cockburn

Khat chewers, suppliers and mafrish consultants:
J.C and Mustafa K. Mohamed

Presenters assistant at Camden Arts Centre:
Nadia Visram

Howard Swains

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Artist's Book

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A PDF can be downloaded through Invisible Books website -


Performance scripts, off-site performances, Khat, Institutional Critique

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November 2015

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Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2017 13:47

Last Modified:

04 Feb 2022 15:28


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