The famed British-Afghan fashion designer Osman Yousefzada digs into migration in his latest exhibition “Being Somewhere Else” at the IKON gallery in Birmingham, which runs until June 29.
The haute couture womenswear designer taps into migration with photos portraying a nomadic lifestyle, daily struggle and stories from migrants. It coincides with the Migrant Festival in Birmingham, and shares stories about Yousefzada’s own life – and his mother’s struggle – living as an immigrant in Birmingham in the 1980s.
“Above all, I wanted to convey the feeling of ‘being somewhere else’, especially in light of my experience growing up in a Pashtun community in Balsall Heath in Birmingham,” said the designer, “a migrant community full of people who had made journeys to this place for a better life.”
Text by Nadja Sayej
Photos via ikon-gallery