[B]irmingham-born fashion designer Osman Yousefzada is going back to his roots in his debut solo exhibition Being Somewhere Else. The large-scale immersive installation is an autobiographical mapping of migration, accompanied by a city-wide, four-day Migration Festival. Drawing upon the experiences of Osman as an immigrant, it’s a thought-provoking insight into the impact of his cultural roots, the ‘underbelly’ of luxury fashion and its inherent inequality.
Installations include a tent-like structure covered in delicate hand-embroidered cloth, patterned with a repeated signature based on Osman’s mother’s mark, which is presented adjacent to an evocation of an “immigrant’s bedroom” – inspired by his Afghan/Pakistani family’s experiences – full of furniture and decoration signifying cultural displacement. Osman also presents imported garments made by low-wage workers for ‘fast fashion’ in the West and fetishised objects in a walk-in wardrobe redolent of male domination and a number of films, including a work made in collaboration with British artist Haroon Mirza and a series made with eco-warrior Livia Firth.
Osman Yousefzada, ‘Being Somewhere Else’, runs until 29 June 2018 at at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. For further details head to ikon-gallery.org