Artists Zuleika Lebow, Husna Lohiya and Kerri Jefferis standing in front of their tapestry Bindan Sanctum.
LONDON - Last year a British politician told me, “there is no better place to be a Muslim than in Britain”. London must be the supreme example of this with a myriad of faiths rubbing shoulders. Exemplifying this, on 20 November London witnessed yet another exhibition of a new ‘genre’ of artistic expression – the visuals and dialectics of a vibrant, eclectic community of hybrid origins.
Increasingly, there is a growing category of British Muslim artist for example, who do not consider themselves as Arab or Iranian. They are generally second-generation immigrants born and raised here, but as part of a multi-faith, multi-cultural environment that espouses and reflects quite different preoccupations from the regional vernacular.
Abbas Zahedi’s photographs of commuters: Swiss Cottage, Seven Sisters and Ladbroke Grove.
Urban Dialogues at the Red Gallery, which is a collaboration with the Three Faiths Forum, unites voices from a diverse range of perspectives in an exhibition that explores themes of ritual, collective history and constructs of identity, testing our perceptions of culture and the place of belief in a global community. There were many works that made me reflect, but none more so than Bidan Sanctum, a cacophony of colour, imagery and weaving which functions as both narrative and craft, story and symbolism.
The East End is always worth a visit for art lovers. Urban Dialogues gives us an added reason to go there.