Witnessing Wales - PhMuseum

Witnessing Wales

Mo Hassan

2017 - Ongoing

My portrait work aims to challenge some of the stereotypes and judgements that people make about other people. My personal experience as an Egyptian living in Wales for the last 10 years is that I am often judged or stereotyped by my appearance. During the last few years, as a result of events in the world, I have personal experience of less tolerance of my background with people sometimes behaving very negatively towards me as a fear of Islam and Muslims has grown.

Increasingly in my work I want to explore equality and tolerance in a wider way.I choose to take photographs of people of different ages, gender, race and sexual orientation. I try to have a consistent approach to photographing my subjects, I want to find a way to equalize each subject and strip away their personal appearance so that the impression that the viewer gets is of a human, an individual, not a stereotype.On some shoots subjects are not clothed which represents the equality that we all have at birth and death, seeing beyond the subject’s outer appearance and presenting a calm inner presence in the images I produce.It is my hope that the viewer of my portraits asks: Who is this person? What is their story? Is this person the person I think or believe they are?

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