Muzamil Choudhury, born in 1977 is an artist very much influenced and inspired by his upbringing and childhood memories in Manchester, UK. After spending much of his youth training as a boxer whilst working in his family Restaurant, he took up a career as a firefighter.
He explains that it is an amalgamation of these experiences, from his professional and personal backgrounds, that have influenced his journey in the Arts and encouraged him to forge a career as an artist:
“My work is based upon my inspirations and experiences of socio-political and economic changes throughout the Arab world through the lens of a British born Muslim of South Asian heritage.
I largely explore issues of identity and belonging and in my current body of work I have set out to address, respond to and re-interpret issues that are socially relevant, challenging and provocative.
I am particularly interested in using everyday objects ranging from children’s toys to neon signage. However, I use all types of material largely inspired by colours and fabrics linked to the Middle East and my South Asian heritage. I am very interested in the process of production as well as issues of representation and meaning. I feel that the context of my creative practice is important and that this concern is also reflected in my use of different media and materials.
Through my work I want to encourage audiences to investigate and contemplate the different themes I address, as they are topical and provide an alternative form of expression.”