Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait, Shape by Shape


Chasing Mirrors is a three year participatory arts project working with contemporary visual artists and young people from our community partners An-Nisa, Paiwand and Tallo to reflect on portraiture and concepts of representation and identity. Together they have responded to the Gallery’s Collection through dialogue, creative conversations and cultural exchange and developed their own collaborative creative response to issues around representation and Arabic cultural heritage. Each year a different visual artist has led the project, bringing their own creative practice to the project. British-Iraqi artist Athier Mousawi is an abstract painter, British-Iranian artist Alinah Azadeh is a textile artist and Brent-based Faisal Abdu’Allah is a portrait photographer. A co-created exhibition was at the Gallery each Autumn 2009-2011.

The participants come from our three community partners. An-Nisa is a women-managed organisation established in 1985 to promote a positive British Muslim identity. Paiwand is an Afghan community organisation established to unite and improve the quality of life of the Afghan refugee community in the UK along with their partners Barnet Refugee Service and Barnet Youth and Connexions. Tallo is a community centre on the South Acton Estate that works with the local Somali community.