SOAS University of London

Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects exhibition at Brunei Gallery extended until June 2021

7 April 2021

SOAS’s Brunei Gallery is pleased to be able to extend the exhibition and project Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects as a collection of works which question, highlight and respond to the victimising of Muslim communities in the UK and around the world.

The exhibition addresses themes of government policy and monitoring, controlled identities and the cause and effect on individuals and subsequent impact on mental health. The artworks reflect on this fear and racism as contemporary social factors, political currency, and cultural memes. They target and immerse the viewer to echo the persistent attacks that surround Muslim communities, playing on the navigation of our reality and memory. The use of advertising, installation, painting, sculpture, still and moving images explores the multi-faceted channels used to influence and fuel prejudice. Juxtapositions question the surreal ‘validity’ of suspicion and evoke humour, personal memory and the experiences of duality and difference. 

The exhibition will relaunch virtually online from 15th April 2021 and following Government guidance be open to view from Tuesday 18th May 2021 by pre-booked (free) ticket only via the Brunei Gallery website.

About the artist

British-born artist Faisal Hussain creates works that undermine lazy stereotypes and highlight missing histories and overlooked facts. Whether in music, on a t-shirt or a sign outside a kebab shop, the work is often resented in different environments to get closer to all audiences. Using humour and elements of memory, his work questions perceptions about identity, duality, and difference. He lives and works in Birmingham, U.K.

Further details about the Faisal and his work can be found on the Suspect Objects website or Faisal's website.

To book tickets to the exhibition, please use the online booking form.

Prevent Cakes


The ‘Prevent’ strategy offers money for ‘anti-radicalisation’ programmes promoting ‘British Values’, which raised suspicion of a 3 year old child for drawing a picture. One of the four governmental counter-terrorism strategies; teachers have accused ‘Prevent’ of stigmatising Muslim pupils and human rights groups have said that it ‘foments resentment’ within Muslim communities. Symbolic of the strategy’s positive facade but harmful core, ‘Prevent Cakes’ are a seemingly generous offer as luring promotional materials often are, but whose presentation disguises an inedible acrid taste.

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