Manifest

Where I'm Coming From

David Cameron announced in February 2011 that multiculturalism in Britain had failed. As the son of immigrants, born in the UK I reacted to this with trepidation and the mildest tinge of relief; the relief being that if there is a wasp in the room, as the saying goes, you at least want to know where it is. I still believe London is one of the most racially tolerant places to live, and it is always a pleasure to mix with Indians, Poles, Jamaicans, Chinese, Cockneys, Kurdish, and share the feeling that wherever we may be from originally, if you have never gone on the London Eye and know how to get home at three in the morning then you have to the right to call yourself a Londoner.

Second hand culture

As we know there are different directions and ways of artistic expression accepted in the world culture. When we say “Contemporary Culture” it means pieces of art connected to current time which reflects in itself historical, political, social, psychological and other issues.

Culture of each period is considered contemporary for current space and time. Thereby culture itself depends and connects on factors stated above. The culture of any space and time should reflect qualities of this space and time in the world context. Thereby the author is fixing these qualities in own art piece where the art piece has to be considered not only as a piece of art but also visual and mental document left in history.

I am not myself

I am not myself, not Buthayna Ali, not a body, not a woman, not a Muslim, not a Syrian, not an Arab...
many prisons forces itself upon me.
They are combined in me, melting me, turning me into hard and fluid forms.
Hard to defend my existence, while fluid to escape, through my work, away from those jails.

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