NOT MY CUP OF TEA by SARAH MAPLE / by Vika Nightingale

In August I have greatly enjoyed photographing this exhibition.

A show of newly commissioned works by award winning artist, Sarah Maple, runner-up of NAE's 2012 exhibition, Culture Cloud. Maple is known for her bold, brave, mischievous and occasionally controversial artworks that challenges our perceptions of cultural and religious identities. Much of Maple's inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds.

Not My Cup of Tea explores timely questions around integration, the meaning of 'British Values' and the current worldview of Islam. Through satirical humour, the exhibition addresses the sharp rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia since 2016. as well as how certain communities are "othered" and alienated in political narratives, thus effecting public opinion.

(Text courtesy of New Art Exchange.) (Imagery courtesy of Vika Nightingale)

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