The Story Behind a Photograph: Hussein Chalayan and Elif Shafak
Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan and novelist Elif Shafak, both London-based creatives and global souls, come together at The Photographers' Gallery for an unusual conversation. Award-winners in their respective fields, their work is deeply inspired by some of today’s major topics and conflicts, including cultural identity, migration, belonging, freedom and how to possibly swim against the tide.
Through a series of photographs selected by Chalayan and Shafak, the two will share their personal reflections on subjects ranging from fashion to literature, from exile to motherlands, from life to love.
Hussein Chalayan is a Cypriot-British fashion designer hailed to be one of the most experimental and innovative designers in the contemporary era. Renowned internationally for his futuristic and intellectually stimulating designs, his works have been displayed in museums such as the Palais du Louvre, London’s Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. He is the recipient of several fashion awards and was also credited by ‘Time’ magazine as one of its ‘100 Most Influential Innovators of the 21st Century.’
British Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is an award-winning author, the most widely-read female writer in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels. Her work has been published in 50 languages and has been reviewed by major publications around the world. A political scientist and an academic, Shafak taught at various universities in the US and the UK, including Oxford University St. Anne's College. As an advocate for women's and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she is also a public speaker and a twice TED Global speaker. Shafak writes for numerous publications and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
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