Stemming from their ongoing conversation about identity, faith, politics and activism, Syed and Rak’s work Suspension of (dis)belief began as an exploration of poetic mediums of art as a way to articulate ideas of respect, bonding and brotherhood. They focused on wearable objects such as the Kippah (Jewish cap also called in Yiddish as a Yarmulke – Kippah literally means a Dome) and the Taqiyah (Muslim skull cap, also Topi in Urdu) and explored how these two similar looking objects connect the past history of their two religions with the present political narrative, in the process, demystifying many myths about Islam and Judaism as well as common stereotypes of Muslim and Jewish men.
2013 - Finalist Blake Prize (UNSW Galleries)
2014 - Semi-finalists Moran Photography Prize
2015 - Finalist Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (Gold Coast City Art Gallery)
2020 - Winner BarTur Photo Award for Humanity
2021 - Conversations and Collaborations, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney
Winner of the BarTur Photo Award for Humanity: London, Thursday 22nd October 2020
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