In today's post-colonial and globalised world, refugees, immigrants and persons of dual cultures often find themselves caught between tradition, integration and redefinition of their complex identities. In Interwoven I look to employ themes from traditional pattern to explore the composition of a modern, multi-cultural British people.
They are photographed against what appears at first glance to be traditionally English wallpaper, but is in fact an amalgamation of elements of British symbolism. They wear their traditional headdress with a fabric printed from the same pattern to represent the adaptation of local culture whilst maintaining one’s root values. The people embody the union of cultures and the inheritance of traditions, and in doing so, they weave together their own individual ways of belonging.
Interwoven, Farwa Moledina, (wallpaper and photographic print), Ways of Belonging, 2018, Midlands Art Centre