New Dutch Views
Between January 2018 and February 2019 Marwan Bassiouni photographed the Dutch landscape from inside Muslim places of worship. Motivated by a desire to offer a different perspective on Islam and Muslim people in the West, he visited over seventy of the 400 or so mosques in the Netherlands to complete a series of 30 photographs.
His choice of locations was based on the design of mosque windows and their views of the local surroundings. In his series New Dutch Views, Bassiouni aims to document the diversity of Islamic Dutch architecture while suggesting both a portrait of the contemporary Dutch landscape, and a symbolic portrait of Western Muslim identity. He does so technically, by creating composite documentary photographs that merge the exteriors with the interiors.
These photographs are presented in the media, in a monographic photo book, and as an exhibition of large- scale art prints. New Dutch Views is the first chapter in the long-term project New Western Views.