To mark the month of Ramadan (21 August – 22 September), Merton Council will be exhibiting photography from renowned London-based photographer Kalpesh Lathigra in Morden Library from Saturday 22 August until Friday 4 September.
Comprised of people who worship at the local Baitul Futuh Mosque (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), the exhibition was commissioned to challenge peoples’ perception of Islam and Muslims.
Kalpesh is well known for portraying communities that are often alienated, misrepresented or forgotten. His award-winning works include State of Grace, Transmission, Lost in Wilderness, Anglo-Afghan War, The Swimmers, Boxers, Brides of Krishna and many more.
Photographer Kalpesh Lathigra said, “I’m glad to have had the chance to dispel myths and stereotypes, and photography is one of the most accessible and powerful platforms to do that from. It’s been a pleasure working alongside Merton Council and the local community.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement, Councillor Henry Nelless said, ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for Merton to showcase some of his amazing works of art. The thought-provoking exhibition really demonstrates the power of art, and in particular photography, as he sympathetically captures the moods of his subjects and sheds light on the huge diversity of our Muslim population.’
To view more of Kalpesh’s works http://www.kalpeshlathigra.com
Everyday during the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in complete fast, abstaining from food and drink and other physical needs. Ramadan is a time when Muslims purify the soul and refocus their attention on God.
Kalpesh has taken photographs for The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine,The Independent Magazine, Marie Claire, Sunday Times Magazine, Geo, Newsweek, Time, Unicef, Christian Aid, Save the Children and Actionaid.
Picture to be credited copyright 2008, Kalpesh Lathigra.
Kalpesh Lathigra current exhibition can also be viewed on Merton’s website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/ramadanexhibit which will be up and running later this week.