Muslim Women in the Arts

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Home & Away: Shared Narratives of Gendered Identity is a unique arts and culture series spotlighting the work of four Boston-based female artists from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. The series aims in part to address a lack of exhibits by contemporary Muslim artists in Boston’s galleries and museums, a void that reinforces the perception that Muslim art is limited to calligraphy and rugs. In fact, Boston is home to a vibrant scene of stereotype-shattering artistic innovators from across the Muslim world.

“Home and Away” showcases four diverse examples of this new paradigm of artist: female, of Muslim heritage, and shaped by complex hybrid identities – some with a hidden Jewish heritage, others with seemingly contradictory roots (e.g. Mecca and New Mexico). The shapes, colors, textures, and subject matter provides insight beyond words, offering a window into the past, and a microcosmic view of the issues and experiences that shape so many women today.

In addition to four debut exhibits, AIC will host a series of cultural events to complement each artist’s work, including concerts by local musicians, intercultural networking events, and discussion panels. Join us for an exploration of Muslim culture – looking beyond theology to the rich and complex identity of the individual.

This program is supported in part by a grant form the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

 

About the Artists

- Niloofar Ziae

- Samina Quraeshi

- Chaimae Mechtaly

- Nada Farhat

 

 

 

Photos from AIC’s Muslim Women in Arts Series

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    Mother and daughter Samina Qureshi and Sadia Shepard spoke about their work, in particular their most recent work on women’s right and social entrepreneurship programs in Pakistan, during a MWITA event
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    Artist Samina Quraeshi sings to her granddaughter in Urdu
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    Armeen Musa performs during artist Nada Farhat's opening reception
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    The crowd listens to Armeen; Nada's work hangs on the gallery walls
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    AIC staff hang artist Chaimae Mechtaly's works
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    Amoud Band performs during AIC's Mimouna celebration featuring artist Chaimae Mechtaly
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    The crowd enjoys the music at the Mimouna celebration; Chaimaes's work can be seen on the gallery walls