The Art of Integration and the Tentmakers of Islamic Cairo

The Brunei Gallery is a stimulating and refreshing space hosting contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of London’s university region,  this awe-inspiring, intellectually exhilarating and culturally dynamic gallery, makes part of the Museum Mile. Well worth the visit, it is just a few minutes away from the British Museum and lives opposite the main entrance of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

The exhibitions currently on show include, on the ground floor (Exhibition Galleries), photography by Massimiliano Fusari, while on the lower level, (Exhibition Rooms), photography by Peter Sanders.

Both artists have apprehended something of the Islamic worlds. Peters Sanders’ exhibition, The Art of Integration ‘Islam in England’s green and pleasant land’ is an exploration of Muslims and their integration in British life, including within the arts, education and sciences. The images on display encapsulate the essence of people who have been a part of British life for well over a century.

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Massimiliano Fusari’s attention is turned towards the Middle East. His show, Tentmakers of Islamic Cairo, is an invigorating set of shots that fully capture the richness, depth and creativity of Cairo’s textile producers. The photographs have been beautifully framed and are presented with skill and dexterity. Fusari’s ability to capture the small details, the markings that otherwise go unnoticed, is impressive and shows a high level of sensitivity and alertness for a traditional craft that is also a form of art in its own right.

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Both exhibitions are on show until 20 June 2015.

For more info, please visit the Brunei Gallery webpage.

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