Artist statement

Faisal Hussain creates work that questions perceptions, undermines lazy stereotypes and highlights missing histories and overlooked facts. Whether in music, in a gallery or a sign outside a kebab shop, his cross-disciplinary practice is often presented in varied environments to engage with diverse audiences. Using archive and personal memory as starting points, his work explores the representation and understanding of South Asian culture and identity through the media, government, communities and individuals. The BBC, The Guardian, The National UAE and Dazed and Confused have cited his work.

The current body of work has been developed in London and Birmingham as social commentary on the current climate of fear, identity and racism and the rise of Islamophobia in the UK and Europe. In his previous works he used archive and signage to create pieces of public artwork called ‘F.light’ in Birmingham. The work bought aspects of South Asian heritage and archive onto the British high street placing them specifically at the locations of the very same family businesses and other public spaces. Following on from a visit to Pakistan with the British Council this year, a number of projects are being developed for exhibition in Birmingham and in Pakistan.

The other bodies of work are wall-mounted sculptures and landscapes created using different materials with moving image, static visual art and photography (Horizons). These pieces come from actual landscapes photographed or imagined and are created digitally, separate from the other current work. The landscapes are sculpture, light and visual material creating works that are about the horizon and place. Their exploration is a continuation of practice, created and lost 20 years ago.

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