Michael von Graffenried on Swiss minaret ban
18.12.2009 Post von Michael von Graffenried (Bild):
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Ten days after the minaret ban in Switzerland the Mosque on Brick Lane in London gets his minaret. Michael von Graffenried's latest video is a reaction on the minaret construction ban Switzerland decided in a popular vote on November 29, 2009. The Swiss artist took the commitment not to expose his art work anymore in his country - except in Swiss Mosques - until the Constitution of Switzerland is again respecting international human rights.
The Jamme Masjid or Great London Mosque on the corner of Brick Lane and Fournier Street - This building is a perfect illustration of the East End's role as the point of entry for immigrant groups. It was originally founded as a church for Hugenots - French protestants who fled to London to avoid persecution at home. The chapel was later used by Methodists. In the late 19th century, when Whitechapel became the centre of the Jewish East End, it became the Machzike Adass, also known as the Spitalfields Great Synagogue. With the dispersal of the Jewish community and a new influx of Bengali immigrants, it became the Jamme Masjid or Great London Mosque in 1976. And now ten days after the minaret ban in Switzerland the historic building became a minaret."