Class of 2021 Exhibition

M-power (2021)

Halima Hussain

Digital design, Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Motion/Animation

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‘M-power’ is a representation of Muslim women, who appear more empowering than how today’s society perceives them as. I use patterns to express my thoughts and emotions of the complexities between the East and West. However I subvert this by fusing elements of Islamic art with western motifs to form a sense of unity. I then purposely incorporate the Nike logo, which acts as a guidance or journey towards feeling peace, hope and acceptance, leading to a portal archway. This spotlights the rejection and misrepresentation of Islam and its dress code in a dystopian to utopian manner.

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Halima Hussain

A recent art graduate who studied at the University of Reading. My art practice explores my identity, sense of place and the politics of faith and fashion. I predominantly work with textiles and printmaking but also enjoy combining other mediums such as sculpture, video and sound. Recent work has focused on Islamic art and its attire by looking at its positive and empowering representations. I enjoy experimenting and working with eastern and western styles of pattern designs and clothes from the past and present. Affirming a sense of belonging to British culture, whilst continuing to express Islamic values and beliefs.