Saif Osmani is an interdisciplinary creative practitioner specialising in the fine arts and architectural design. Influenced by his time in the architecture field, his abstract expressionist paintings portray social issues and cultural shifts resulting from changes in the built environment. He has held group and solo exhibitions across the UK, Europe and in Asia.
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Exhibition dates: 29 May- 18 July 2021
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This collection forms part of 184 recent digital photographic prints that capture the nexus between the areas frequented by the Bangladeshi community, traditional English built heritage and the impact of incoming hipster culture on the collective cultural expression of British-Bangladeshis.
Recent building development policies in inner London areas have favoured commodified forms of cultural expression that have taken precedence over long-standing migrant culture formation. Saif sees this as gentrification through ‘hipsterfication’ that threatens the unique identity of Brick Lane’s Banglatown.
His research findings form part of an ongoing Bengali East End Memory Map, see: www.bengalieastend.org
Congregation gather outside Brick Lane Jamme Masjid during Coronavirus restrictions
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Graffiti artist ROA's stork on Hanbury Street