This symposium is a six-hour day packed with great speakers, panelists and workshops that provide space to talk about the experiences of young Muslimahs in the City of Toronto as they grapple with reimagining what it means to be Muslim, the term ‘Muslimah’ and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, age, ability, class and religiosity.
We invite you to engage in a day-long discussion including a curated art show ending with a giant celebratory dance party. We hope to explore the intersections, nuances, struggles and triumphs we navigate and experience daily.
Meet Maha Munaf, one of the artists featured in #musinterpreted exhibition at the Daniel Spectrum. Our show is up for the entire month of April so be sure to check it out and the closing reception is Thursday May 1st!
Maha is a creative professional with nine years of experience as an architect and photographer. She is currently attending a bridging program at Humber College. After immigrating to Canada, she launched a design studio that focuses on producing creative, illustrative pieces for small businesses’ advertising.
Maha dares to live passionately and creatively everyday. Her inspiration comes from the little things in life; even a simple cup of coffee can sometimes spark ideas for her. She endeavors to capture fleeting moments and the feelings in those moments with her lens. An avid traveler, she also hopes to behold the beauty and culture of forty countries before she turns forty.
“A Call for Prayer” was originally a project about architectural restoration that Maha started as a student. The sepia-tone hopes to comprise the timelessness of the scene. Maha wants the audience to notice the merging of the Classical art period’s Doric columns with the Islamic architectural building, the mosque, in Aleppo. The women are practicing the daily activity of prayer. Maha uncovers the connection between immortal art, people and their everyday lives.
Outburst!, SpeakSudan and the Truth & Dare Project are looking for self-identified Muslim women to showcase their talents in photography and the visual arts. The art exhibit will be happening from April 1 – April 30th at Daniels Spectrum This exhibit will showcase the diverse ideas and creativity of Muslimah artists in the Greater Toronto Area. It is an opportunity for our communities to reflect upon our experiences, moving beyond narrow narratives of ‘submissive’, ‘quiet’, ‘violent’ and ‘oppressed’ that are painted on the regular. This art show will create a much needed space to celebrate our vibrant voices through art. Join us to bear witness to our truths and stories as Muslimah artists.
For visual pieces, please email images of the piece in JPG, GIF or PNG format. Please share what size the pieces are (dimensions and weight [if applicable]), if they are mounted or not and if there is anything else we need to be mindful of regarding your artwork.
For multi-media pieces, please email a link or media file. NOTE: Pieces do not have to specifically address themes of identity or religion. Multiple pieces may be submitted for consideration. Artists will have an opportunity to sell their work.
All pieces (not for sale and unsold) will be returned at the month long show.
Submissions are welcomed by anyone who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.
Outburst, SpeakSudan and the Truth and Dare Project will be offering mentoring and workshops for artists. Please contact us if you are interested in these services.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 17th, 2013 along with a brief artist bio. Please contact us if you are having trouble with sending submissions. We will let you know by February 21st if we are able to showcase your piece(s).
Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.
SpeakSudan, is a safe space for East African Youth in Diaspora www.speaksudan.org
The Truth and Dare Project are photography based art-making workshops for young Muslim women. The workshops provide an opportunity to explore identity, strengthen self-confidence and create a sense of belonging.
The art gallery show is graciously funded by the ArtReach Pitch Contest.