New exhibition to celebrate London's young muslim women

London Veil is an exhibition by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari.

The series aims to pay tribute to young muslim women in London by documenting and celebrating the expression of their individual identities through their hijabs.

London Veil exhibition
50 images from the series will be exhibited for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall. Credit: London Veil

50 images from the series will be exhibited for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank's Women of the World Festival - an annual global event celebrating women's achievements across the world.

London Veil is neither a critic nor an advocate of the veil but rather exists to recognise and celebrate its participants as strong, vital individuals who manage to shine, despite the struggles of youth, womanhood and prejudice they may receive as a result of the visibility of their faith.

London Veil exhibition
London Veil aims to celebrate its participants who manage to shine, despite the struggles associated with the visibility of their faith. Credit: London Veil

Through the documentation of London's young muslim women and their self-styled hijabs, which range from subtle to wild in their expression, London Veil both illustrates and is inspired by the influence of our perceived restrictions, limitations and challenges.

The photographer says her work explores and reinterprets identity and addresses current social, and cultural concerns existing within todays society.

While each of her projects has a distinct focus they all seek to encourage the ideals of non-judgement, equality, unity in diversity, collective responsibility and make a significant difference to human understanding.

Sara Shamsavari
Sara Shamsavari is a British artist whose images address current social, and cultural concerns within modern society. Credit: ITN