BIRMINGHAM – Being a constant target for security double checks in airports, a Birmingham-based Muslim artist has taken inspiration from his suitcase for a new exhibition highlighting the prejudice he and others have faced as Muslims.
Faisal Hussain, 40, from Birmingham, says he hopes his take on the “victimisation” of Muslim communities will lead to a better understanding of their experience, the BBC reported.
The exhibition is called Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects and can be seen at Birmingham’s Centrala Art Gallery.
Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks in 2005.
They have repeatedly complained of maltreatment by police for no apparent reason other than being Muslim.
Prevent, part of the government’s overall counter-terrorism strategy, Contest, is meant to help police and security agencies identify individuals and groups at risk of radicalization.
Under the controversial legislation, phone and internet companies will be required to maintain records of customer’s internet, email and mobile phone activity for 12 months, without intruding calls or messages.