FORMER SOLO SHOP, ALBANY
SOUTH ESPLANADE, ST PETER PORT
24 MAY TO 22 JUNE
10AM TO 5PM, MON TO SAT
Mustafah Abdulaziz sums up his work and career so far: “I’m drawn to identity as the focus for my photographs not only because it spans across race and class but because I never found any summarization of my identity as a biracial Muslim American to reflect something close to the truth about me. I’m not black, white, or Muslim but a union underscored by America as the common denominator.
Growing up this way made me feel isolated without ways to express experiences of not belonging. Photography is a
language that transcends, giving me the power to create my own perception. By further exploring other peoples identities I can begin to see where my boundaries lie and also reimagine myself in the reflection of other people’s identities. I have travelled across America to develop my perspective and to document my own culture and life. My work is an effort to understand the culture I find myself both alienated by and drawn to.
Born 1986 in New York City as the second of six children and grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania. A chance encounter at 17 with Avedon’s In The American West and the idea of visually transporting a viewer into the intimate lives of strangers left a strong impression on me. Growing up as a half-white and halfblack American Muslim provided a natural interest in examining social identification and ideas of self-representation. I’m a member of the international photography collective MJR.”