A Celebration: Art Series

Art Series: A Celebration

Photography by Mustafa Sarwar

Mustafa Sarwar’s work is a powerful celebration of non-binary people.  Mustafa is a Scottish photographer, born in Glasgow, and a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art. He is a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and brings his own experiences as a non-binary person to his work, much of which reflects on youth culture, particularly focusing on issues around gender and sexuality. In this way, Mustafa’s art celebrates and creates visibility for his community.

Thankfully, Mustafa says that his experience of coming out was, ‘not horrific’, but he also understands this isn’t the experience of many folk and he wants to be part of the tide of change for the better in this regard. This series of photographs shows confident role models for young people to identify with.

“Growing up I didn’t have any role models in the media that I could identify with and I think this is so important for young people.”

Mustafa notes, “Growing up I didn’t have any role models in the media that I could identify with and I think this is so important for young people. As a young teenager, if you don’t have any role models, it can make it really hard to accept yourself for who you are. In my experience I spent most of my teenage years hiding my sexuality from myself and everyone around me.”

“It can make it really hard to accept yourself for who you are.”

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