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Connections & Contexts: 4 Artists Explore Islamic Influences and Traditions

Posted on: September 25, 2018 by THEMUSEUM

THEMUSEUM Hosts Coalition of Muslim Women of KW Art Exhibition

Kitchener, Ontario –

 For the third consecutive year, THEMUSEUM is partnering with The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMW-KW) to present an exhibition that explores Islamic influences and traditions.

Islamic art is often associated with calligraphy, complex geometric patterns, intricate arabesque designs and miniature paintings. These recognizable Islamic art forms operate as stereotypes that can limit an understanding of contemporary art practices.

”Artists Soheila Esfahani, Mélika Hashemi, Jamelie Hassan and Sumaira Tazeen will demonstrate what it means to be a contemporary artist of Islamic background in Canada,” said Laurel McKellar, Senior Director, Curation, Exhibitions & Program Development at THEMUSEUM. “Their artwork pushes traditional boundaries by focusing on cultural identification and socio-political issues.”

This exhibition brings together emerging and established artists who were born in Canada or immigrated to the country from Iran and Pakistan. Connections & Contexts: Islamic Influences and Traditions opens on Saturday, September 29, 2018 and runs until Sunday, January 6, 2019. A community celebration of the exhibition and an artist meet & greet will be held in THEMUSEUM’s atrium on Sunday, October 28 between 1-3pm.

October has been proclaimed as Islamic History month by Canadian Parliament and Islamic Heritage month by the Parliament of Ontario. October is also Women’s History month in Canada. This exhibition is generously supported by Zabiha Halal, Sargent Farms and WalterFedy.

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