Hasan and Husain Essop


Hasan and Husain Essop are young, brand conscious, middle-class Muslims from the Cape Flats. It's in every concept they research and every pixel they manipulate. Just four years out of Michaelis School of Fine Art at the university of Cape Town, the 25-year-old twin brothers have already won the Spier Contemporary 2010 and count Sir Elton John as a serious collector of their work. From a pitbull fight to the brothers slaughtering a cow, their images reflect a very personal experience of Western popular culture and the distorting effect it has on existing cultures and religions. In Cuba, the twins documented the challenges they faced as Islamic youths visiting a socialist country. The result is a series of images as different from postcard Cuba as their experience of this militant country. Whether you call them artists or photographers, there's no denying they are bringing a new voice to both artistic forms. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Kauai and Spur