Hasan & Husain
Husan and Husain to me seem to work well in their collaborative efforts to document (fictionally) the situation as applies to Islamic culture. This is curious as it shows a sense of independence and challenge to what has been seen historically in my eyes as a dogmatic and rigid culture, that leaves no room for questioning or poking fun, even.
The work of the duo is curious I think for a number of reasons. It resonates with established work by photographers wang quingsong and AES&F (another collaborative) in both the style and subject matter. The works can be surrealist and yet they can have an interesting viewing effect. I have myself staged a number of projects and it is often one of the most rewarding creative photographic processes I find, as you get to invent from scratch (concept upwards) all that the images will contain.
From the point of view of this project I think that the work is especially topical and relevant as it seems to be something of a taboo for many European artists to comment on the issues of Islamic culture or rather fear of reprisal might block the process.