You almost certainly have a stereotype for Muslims. Here's Peter Sanders discovering something different.
An exhibition of photographs is on from 13th March at the ICCR Art Gallery. The exhibition, titled The Art Of Integration And Islam: In Britain's Green & Pleasant Land, showcases about 50 photographs taken by the British photographer Peter Sanders, trying to capture various segments of the ethnic Muslim population living in different counties of England.
Influenced by the Muslims who form the largest religious minority group living in England for centuries, Peter Sanders wanted to photograph Islam in UK. He met the second and third generation British Muslims, many of them professional and artistic, young people who did not have the fears and the concerns of the previous generations. Within them was a confidence that to be British and Muslim was not a problem.
Muslims are spread throughout the British Isles, and are represented in all areas of British economic, cultural and political life. From small businesses to restaurants, from law and accountancy to IT, from the National Health Service to teaching, transport and public services, and from politics and the media to sports, art and fashion, Muslims are making a valuable contribution to British's multi-ethnic, multi-faith society.
It is this that inspired Peter Sanders to click some memorable photographs of ethnic British Muslims. The collection contains film director Salazar's meeting with Imam al Ghazali, police community officer Hassan Malik with a British colleague, the first mosque in UK, London 2012 Olympic Games community-relations manager Ayesha Qureshi, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens, the most widely known figure in British Muslim society), and many other photographs.
For further details, please contact the ICCR Art Gallery at 2323-6398/2324-0035.