Whether it’s giving a contemporary twist to traditional art forms, an unusual take on a familiar building, or challenging the view that ‘Muslims don’t do art’, Asiya Seedat, Anisah Denny, Fatema Mayet and Naila Afeefah want us to take a fresh look at the world around us.
All currently students at University, they are part of a generation exploring what it means to be young British and Muslim living in the current climate and believe art can play an important part in eradicating the stigma attached to young British Muslims.
“I am interested in both traditional art forms such as calligraphy and in contemporary art”, says 19 year old Fatema Mayet. “Through my work I am trying to find links between the two that will express my identity as young, British and Muslim”.
In the process the four young artists hope to challenge stereotypes both within their own communities and the mainstream.
“People think Muslims don’t ‘do’ art”, said Anisah, who is currently studying Fine Art at Huddersfield University. “But historically art has been embedded in Islamic culture and I would like to make people more aware of that”.
Asiya agrees saying “People would never look at us and think we were artists because they just don’t expect us to be – but we are!”
The exhibition, which opens on 21 June, features a range of work from contemporary calligraphy and silk painting to drawings influenced by architecture and sculpture inspired by nature.
“The exhibition is the first of its kind in our area and we expect a lot of interest “, said Maria Bottomley, from Amada Arts, the organisation hosting the exhibition. “As well as showcasing the work of the four artists, we want to raise awareness of the talents and achievements of young people in our local communities and the positive contribution they make. We hope lots of people will show their support and visit the exhibition”.
Change In Perspective will be officially opened by Mike Wood MP on Saturday 21 June and will then open Wednesday to Saturday 10am -2pm from 25 June to 12 July at Textile Hall, Hick Lane, Batley. The Exhibition has been kindly supported by Europa Beds of Batley and SAC Accounts of Dewsbury