Outside The Box

Creative direction and artwork for an animation exploring the effects of Islamophobia and counter-terrorism in institutes of education. A co-created project in collaboration with Positive Negatives and SOAS University.

“Outside the Box is a multi-faceted snapshot of how religion plays out in university spaces. It’s the beginnings of a discussion that needs to be had, not only in Higher education settings, but in other spheres of life too. This animation helps to show just how important it is in understanding the lived experiences of people and how they are affected by sweeping policies that play out in institutional settings. The creative direction for the animation draws from a range of disciplines; architecture, space and storytelling are all brought together in a nesting doll style structure that acts both as metaphor as well as a device that illustrates the complex way our systems and structures inform our lived experiences.” – Sabba Khan, Illustrator & Creative Director

The animation has accompanied news articles in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Conversation, and has also contributed still shots to the book, Islam on Campus, Oxford University Press, August 2020.

The Positive Negatives Project Website


The Guardian Article

The Conversation UK

The Telegraph

Islam on Campus Book