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East End of Islam at RichMix
PRIVATE VIEW – THURSDAY 5 JULY / 6PM – 8PM
EXHIBITION – FRIDAY 6 – SUNDAY 29 JULY / 10AM – TILL CLOSE
The East End of Islam is a black and white photographic exploration of the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets and their relationship with the East London Mosque. The mosque’s expansive building programme and incorporation of the London Muslim Centre qualifies it as being the largest capacity purpose built mosque in Europe.
This exhibition is the culmination of a ten year period from 1997 – 2007, during which time photographer Rehan Jamil was granted unprecedented access to the Mosque and given free reign by the Muslim community to capture a number of revealing snapshots of everyday life, both at home and at prayer. The long-term nature of the project enabled Rehan to earn the trust of his subjects to the extent that the camera was no longer a barrier. The intimacy and candour of the resulting images is a testament to this, allowing a poignant and affectionate insight into both the privacy of worship and of the domestic interior.
The exhibition aims to explore notions of Muslim identity in 21st Century Britain and to raise awareness of a specific lifestyle and culture. We believe this body of work documents a way of life and will promote a greater understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
The East End of Islam is a comprehensive educational tool for breaking down barriers and providing a platform for meaningful debate between two cultures.