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The London, Paris & NYC Veil series - Royal Festival Hall

NYC Veil

Exhibition preview

THE London, Paris & NYC Veil series form a captivating body of work by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari. The series exists to give prominence to young muslim women in these urban cities by documenting and celebrating the expression of their individual identities through their vibrant hijab styles.

The first of these series London Veil exhibited at Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival 13, since when Sara has extended the series to document ‘hijabistas’ in Paris and New York.

Large scale photographic images from all three cities feature alongside a video that documents and interviews Sara and her participants for the first time in an extended exhibition, part of Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival (March 1 – 8) and continuing until March 29, 2015.

The project is neither a critic nor an advocate of the veil but rather exists to recognise and celebrate its participants as strong, vital individuals who manage to shine, despite the struggles of youth, womanhood and prejudice they may receive as a result of the visibility of their faith.

Through the documentation of these modern muslimahs through their self-styled hijabs, ranging from subtle to wild in their expression, the London, Paris & NYC Veil series both illustrates and is inspired by the influence of our perceived restrictions, limitations and challenges. Those forces encourage originality, adaptation and in turn transform cultural expression into objects of beauty.

The exhibition is on display in the Level 3 foyers at the Royal Festival Hall.