“To Morrissey With Love”: An unlikely group champions the life and work of Morrissey

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Like one of his songs states, “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side.” In the glaring light of criticism, Morrissey could use a friend or two. Perhaps the singer has found that “someone” in a group of artists in the United Arab Emirates.

Accusations of racism have been with Morrissey for most of his public career, particular during his solo years. However, the last few years have been more rife with controversy about race than previous ones. Talk show host Jimmy Fallon received some criticism for allowing Morrissey to appear on his show wearing a pin that many consider racist. Specific questionable statements by the singer have been recorded by print and digital journalists. However, an art museum in the Middle East is proving that their artists’ love for Morrissey is greater than any criticism of him could ever be. The result? An exhibit called “To Morrissey With Love. “

“To Morrissey With Love” is located in Elham Art Gallery, in the city of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, StrangewaysRadio.com reports. The site is dedicated to a variety of alternative subgenres, including goth wave, shoe gazer and post punk, to name a few.

Strangeways includes a letter from the art gallery’s staff about the exhibit on the site. The missive explains the reason behind the exhibit and further claims that Morrissey once stated, “I would do anything for my Muslim friends and know that they would do anything for me.”

The exhibit was undertaken as a response to the criticism that Morrissey has received from the media. To read the entire letter, visit: https://www.strangewaysradio.com/2019/12/to-morrissey-with-love-photography-exhibit-opens-in-the-middle-east/.

The small gallery only had space for about 30 pieces, but received 100 entries. The works are photography exhibits that have been inspired by Morrissey’s songs and poems.

“To Morrissey With Love” opened Dec. 6, 2019. No word yet on whether there will be an online portal to see the works.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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