Shaista Chishty is a documentary photographer and visual artist exploring identity, representation and notions of ‘otherness’, particularly of Muslims in Britain. Chishty uses news and mainstream media along with humour to challenge narratives which often serve to de-humanise, over simplify and reinforce a ‘them and us’ in society.
At the heart of Chishty’s practice is seeking to understand the ways in which mainstream representations of Muslims in Britain contribute to the rise in hate crime and Islamophobia.
Chishty began her career working as a photojournalist on humanitarian projects with global organisations including UN Women, Christian Aid, CARE International and Islamic Relief.
Chishty has been developing her conceptual practice since embarking on an MA in Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts- London.