HALCYON DIGITAL ART EXHIBITION 2019

Firstly, thank you to everyone who shared our call out for artists for this exhibition! We received loads of amazing submissions from Muslim female and non-binary artists from all over the world. Without further ado, here they are… (share your thoughts on Twitter & Instagram @halcyonmaguk ❤️)

  1. Remembrance – Farah Soobhan, London. 
    ” ‘Remembrance’ focuses on the importance of turning to worship and remembering God as a form of selfcare in times of crisis and difficulty, dhikr (remembrance of God) is part of my personal healing journey and forms part of this series of works exploring my relationship with God and mental health.”

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2. Dadha দাদা – Nilupa Yasmin, Birmingham

‘At 77, a devoted Muslim and a well-known community figure, my granddad has been a life inspiration to me. To photograph what my granddad inspires in me, I want to give you an insight into who he is. Beginning with his surroundings, habits, possessions, from his way of living to the way he chooses to dress. I have always lived with my grandparents and they are very much a part of my upbringing as my parents have been. I thought a lot about how and what inspires me about him. The one thing I kept coming back to were the teaching he has taught me to understand and in turn live by. These teachings are the many life lessons he has learned along the way but often also come from the Quran.’

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3. Past, Present and Future – Wasima Farah, Minnesota 

‘This piece is around the topic of self love. It’s acknowledging your personal growth throughout the years while appreciating the current version of you and feeling empowered for your future self.’

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4. Tesselated Blue – Haseebah Ali, Birmingham

‘This is from my series of Islamic geometric lino prints. Within this body of work I explored the foundations of geometric pattern in Islamic architecture including pattern and colour. This work is a three colour lino print based on a popular Islamic geometric pattern.’

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5. Cage Fight – Nadia Ahmed, Illinois

‘As someone who trains Mixed Martial Arts as a hobby, I’m always in awe of the people who are willing to step into a cage and fight for the public’s entertainment. This piece is meant to be an homage to the fighters and all the sacrifices they have made. Rather than making the figures realistic, I endeavored to capture the violence and chaos spectators see.

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6. Safe Haven – Saleha Khan, Delhi 

‘A safe space is often our dreams and imagination. It is a safe haven for many to float in their own world made up of all the things they desire. For a person with several anxiety issues and occasional depressing episodes, a safe haven is where I have a control over my life.’
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7. Dhikr – Umulkheir Abdi, Toronto 
 ‘The main two focuses in my art work is blackness and Islam. Both topics being very prevalent in my own life being a black Muslim. I try to create work that is reflective of a world that isn’t usually seen with in art. So in turn those individuals may see themselves represented.’
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8. Sip Together (Right Now, Over Tea) – Amal Hashmey, Texas 
‘Sharing food is not only significant in Islam, but is universally known to strengthen friendships. This piece symbolizes the social unity of drinking (or eating) together, no matter what country, religion or ethnicity you identify with. We are as diverse as our drinks!’
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9. Mint Dulhan – Naila Amber Tasnim, London 
‘Tasnim’s portraits centre women of colour and QTIPOC, and much of her work explores topics such as cultural intersections, plurality and activism.’
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10. Steam Mill Lane – Farzana Ahmad, Sydney
‘This is a 60 x 70 cm oil painting of Sydney’s popular Steam Mill Lane. It is a busy shopping strip by day but after the hustle and bustle dies, the kaleidoscope of lights present a spectacular scene at night.  I’m inspired by the breathtaking beauty of my adopted country in natural, rural and urban settings and strive to paint hyper realistic paintings in an attempt to transfer what I’m seeing on canvas for others to enjoy as well.’
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11. Golden Girls – Hiba Kane, Glasgow
‘My photo is about unity. Society will always judge you but if we are united, all negativity goes away. Unity is strength, it’s love, its powerful and it’s beautiful. When we work together we can create wonderful things. No matter what you do, you can’t and will not please everyone, nor should you seek to.The best thing you can do is to believe in yourself and do what you think is right for you. Follow your heart, make the most of your day and be proud of who you are. We are not perfect. However as humans we are constantly learning and striving to improve ourselves, whether it be in health, in religious aspects etc. So look out for each other, take care of each other and remember, unity starts with you.’
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12. Final Collection – Kazna Asker, Manchester
‘As the daughter of Yemen-born immigrants, my family’s journey from Yemen to Britain has always been inspiring and motivating to me. Also, considering Yemen is currently facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, I thought it was extremely important to use my collection as a vehicle to overlook negative perceptions and to educate people on Yemeni and Muslim culture through a positive perspective. As a result, I created a heavily printed 6-look menswear collection that focuses on changing the narrative of the next generation of British Muslims and showcasing all the positive things that our community has contributed to Britain.’
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13. Untitled – Humera Ahmed, New York
“فصبر جميل الله المستعان علي ما تصفون”
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14. Sunrise – Sonia Moussa, Ontario 
‘Being a muslim female in a creative field has many challenges so with my photography I like to focus on shooting female individuality to showcase our worth as Muslim females.’
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15. Iris – Zahra Nawaz, Manchester
‘I was heavily inspired by designer Iris van Herpen due to the shapes she creates within her pieces. Iris is a digital illustration created on Photoshop.
Artist bio: I’m a 20 year old illustrator, currently studying Graphic Design & Illustration at university and am one of the only Muslim women on the course. Although we are a minority, we still need representation and a platform to express our true selves. I have always loves anything to do with art or being creative and really appreciate the opportunity to share a space with fellow female Muslim artists.’
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16. New Pharoah – Nada El-Shaarawi 
‘First piece of my ongoing search to reclaim my Egyptian identity. Studying art in a university that constantly pushes Western and European art styles got me realizing the importance of cultural presence in my artworks.’ 
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17. Embrace – Iffat Ahmad, Glasgow
‘A take on Gustav Klimt’s style. Although he was heavily driven by eroticism and sensual women as the subject matter of his paintings, the subject matter for this piece depicts three women in Hijab, covering their faces as one would with a traditional Niqab, one of which who’s arms are shown spread out. This is not to sexualise or objectify them, but rather the decision to depict one with their arms showing was to explore the personal understandings of the relationship of the body for Muslim women. It is not intended for the viewers to eroticise them, or to view through an Orientalist lens. Instead it is the reflection of the artist’s own complex relationship with the body and modesty as someone who wears the Hijab, confronting experiences of trauma regarding body shamin. The play on Gustav’s style of decorative patterns and flowers, splayed across vivid brown, turquoise and gold are reimagined to reflect the cultural vibrancy and richness of South Asian textiles, floral patterns, jewellery and decorations, which embrace the three women.’
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18. Light – Faiza Ahmed, Birmingham 
‘This piece means a lot of things but one of the main message I was trying to convey in this photograph is that there is always light even in the darkest tunnels you just need to try and never give up. You will achieve your dreams if you try hard and that’s a promise!
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19. Proud – Kaniz Sheikh, Nairobi 

‘With no festivals to celebrate the heritage of the LGBTQIA+ community, this photo is part of an ongoing project where members of the Kenyan LGBTQIA+ community openly share stories, experiences and opinions of what pride month means. In Frame is Jaaziyah (She/They), a 23 year old Queer, South Asian Muslim Womxn. “I don’t think there is a meaning to pride month because we live in a state where it is criminal for you to be anything other than heterosexual. As much as efforts are being done to change that, they’re not fruitful in the general scheme of things. There is nothing to look forward to, however, if you are comfortable with yourself, your sexuality and the people around you that is the most important thing!”

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20. Love is Love – Jaaziyah, Nairobi 

‘After “coming out” in January on Vogue international’s Instagram page feature of her art and activism Jaaziyah reached out to Kaniz and pitched a shoot inspired by the movie and real life story of “Elisa y Marcela” the first Spanish same sex couple but with queer women colour representing Elisa and Marcela.’

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21. Sheikh Beauty – Sabah Zamir, Birmingham 

‘A portrait of the instagram influencer Sheikh Beauty who I believe is a positive role model and advocate for Muslim girls all around the world.’

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22. Crumpled Thoughts – Yasmeen Nematt Alla, Ontario

‘I’ve been thinking a lot about the grief of forgetting your mother tongue and remembering all the pages of writing that I’ve gotten rid of over the years that are much more eloquent than I could ever be now. Crumpled Thoughts is a series of small plexiglass pieces that contain some of my thoughts in regards to forgetting and the things I express when I’m struggling to find the right words.’

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23. She Walks in Humility on the Earth – Zarina Teli, Nottingham

‘Our home and garden has always been flowing with my mother’s greenery- plants and vegetation that is matched in abundance only by her generosity. She is a nurturer, investing her life to support others, and brings each snippet of plant and bud into fruition, which she shares with neighbours, family and friends. As a newly wed having moved to several countries, she navigated language, culture, pregnancies and travel whilst managing to nurture bonds with communities wherever she went. Putting down roots in the UK, she was still able to share the fruits of her homeland with her daughters.  I am in awe of her magical green fingers, and although I have not inherited them, I do share her love for our earth. She believes in having a relationship with the environment, and caring for it as a spiritual duty. Like her, both my faith and belief in environmental stewardship are intertwined. Like her prayers for her children, whispered throughout the day and night, her plants reach up to the sky, seeking the sun and bringing joy and promise to others. ‘

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24. In The Hearts of Green Birds – Shaheen Kasmani, London 

‘I’ve been thinking about those who are innocently caught up in the cycles of structural and state violence, and pay the ultimate price. Whether it’s the Rohingya and Yemeni people, or those trying to escape war across the Mediterranean, or closer to home at the hands of police brutality or Grenfell, the list seems to be getting longer. There are systems and narratives that allow and enable this to happen.  However, there is a hadith [in Sahih Muslim] that says the martyrs are in the hearts of green birds, freely roaming Jannah, and that gives me hope in justice and freedom for all.’

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25. The Meaning of Palestine – Ala Buisir, Dublin 

‘The idea came from my love for Palestine. I grew up with the belief that the Palestinian land will return to its original owners one day. Palestine is a land filled with history and filled with people from different religions. Its culture stands out and is never forgotten. Even though a lot of Palestinians have been exiled from their home country, their love for it still stands, and they believe that they will return to their homeland of Palestine one day.
This project is to show what Palestinians think of their homeland Palestine and what it means to them. Showing how it is part of their identity and who they are and how they all hold the same belief that they will return to Palestine one day no matter how much Israel tries to wipe their history, It will always be there. That is what I am trying to portray in this project.
The meaning of Palestine is written in the Arabic part of the portrait to show that it is an Arabic speaking country, and it’s part of who they are. The portraits are of Palestinians of different ages from 13 years of age to 55 years of age. The caption is the translation of the meaning of Palestine in English.
Image caption: Fatin: “Her eyes are Palestinian, Her name, Palestinian, Her dreams, and sorrow, Palestinian, Her words and her silence, Palestinian, Her voice, Palestinian, Her birth and her death, Palestinian, Palestine,I have carried you in my old notebooks as the fire of my verses”
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26. Passerine of Paradise – Nour Abdulhussain, Toronto

‘This painting is in dedication to my mother. It was inspired by an Ayah (a verse in the Quran) from the Surah Ibrahim that states Our Lord, forgive me and my parents and the believers the Day the account is established. My mother would recite this verse every day to me as a child before I left for school and therefore it is very close to my heart. I chose to extract all the letters within this verse and create a dynamic painting that showcases the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and typography. The curvatures and interlacing of the characters in contrast with the simplistic colour palette create a captivating contrast. This is echoed by the movement and flow within the piece that is contained within the structured and deliberate placement of the characters, a crucial element within Arabic calligraphy.’

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27. Untitled – Uzma Rani, South Yorkshire
‘I had a love for art from a young age and studied it up until completing my A Levels. After this I went down the business route which I studied at degree level and then climbed up the career ladder in the corporate world for over 12 years. During this period art was a distant memory. However, after leaving the corporate world in 2016, I started writing which led me back to art in 2017 when I picked up a paint brush again after almost 15 years of not doing any art at all. I found my way back to what I love which is painting and creating and hope to continue doing this.’
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28. And Then, There’s the Letting Go – Aicha Bahij, Bradford 
‘My work is centred around the human condition and how we make ourselves heard. I’m terrible at small talk, so attempt to describe my maelstrom of brain-tides through the pictures I draw –  the spirituality, the struggles. Sometimes strength, sometimes weakness. Sometimes bliss, sometimes loneliness.’
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29. Bloom – Maria Muhmood, Cardiff
‘We’re met with adversity. We grind. We put in the work. We grow. With blood, sweat and tears; we bloom. 
A hand painted typography piece, inspired by the idea of self growth and love.’
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30.  [I am] More than a Fragment in Time – Sonia Azalia, Indonesia
‘I took the question “who are you when one is watching?” and it led me from exploring who I am to the depths of how I wanted the world, with all of its conformity aside, to take me as. As a single being, living life with multiple personas, a juxtaposing state of mind, an a universe of untold stories, this image is an answer, a metaphor, a statement and a desire all at once.’
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31. Graphic Honey – Layla Johansson, Birmingham 
‘I wanted to create a few pieces of art with good representation. We see a lot of art of white women in galleries and in the media. I feel it’s time to start creating art that represents us’
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32. Longing – Madiha Ansari, New Delhi
‘This photograph is a visualization of my  last dream. It is a longing to mend the best friendship that I had in my life but forgetting and forgiving is a privilege that not all of us possess. The picture of the girl in the foreground is devoid of feelings and sentiments at the moment while the girl in the background is blurred, small, ostracized yet hopeful.’ 
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33.  “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” Muhammad 47:24 –  Natalia Bazyluk, Virginia
‘Bazyluk began her journey with calligraphy in the summer 2016 in South Florida. Few months after she took her shahada, she bought few calligraphy paintings from a local islamic school fundraiser. Intrigued about the new art she discovered, the next day she tried it herself on a piece of paper and a sharpie in her hand. Needless to say, she fell in love with it, but for some reason she didn’t follow up on it until much later. Winter 2019 was a big change for her as she moved from South Florida up to Northern Virginia. There, she found an alMaghrib institute chapter and decided to for a weekend seminar. That weekend, a sister had her own calligraphy exhibition and that’s when she remember her forgotten passion. Since Ramadan 2019 she has been exploring it by making her own works as well as custom made orders.’
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34. Kas Kalyaal – Shazmeen Khalid, West Midlands 

‘This digital art piece was inspired by a poem I wrote as a tribute to my ancestry. Reflecting on current events in both Jammu and Azad Kashmir prompted me to look into my own relationship with my heritage as a Kashmiri diaspora in the UK. I tried to capture both the detachment and longing I subconsciously have, and how as a Muslim woman my ethnic and religious identity are integral parts of my being and connection to the world. The title is in honour of the name of my mother’s home village, and to all the Muslim women past and present who shaped and influenced so many aspects of my life today, each one captured as the fireflies surrounding the lantern.’

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35. The Majestic Horse – Imaan Ehsan, Birmingham 
‘I have always loved horses since I was a child, I love the way they can be so gentle but have great strength and speed. I tried to depict that in this piece by making his eyes look soft and also making him look innocent and curious by the way he is holding his head. However I tried to show his strength by creating depth using darker tones to show his muscles and bone structure.’
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36. Hassan II Mosque – Shireen Jhetam, Johannesburg (submitted by her daughter Sam)
‘Inspired by the intricate detail and stunning architecture of the largest mosque in Africa, this oil on canvas painting captures the grandeur of the horseshoe arches and marble detail. Jhetam is a South African-Canadian artist, wife, mum, and grandmother from Calgary. Born in 1959, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shireen studied Social Work and had a successful career working with people from all walks of life and leaving a lasting impression on everyone’s life she has touched. She first started painting in 2005 when she began art classes to tap into her creative side. When Shireen began painting, she found her passion for nature, floral, and architectural painting and later mastered her skills in palette knife painting. As an artist, she wanted to bring the joy of painting to others in a fun and interactive way, so together with her daughters, she started a business called SmashArt Painting Events. Through SmashArt, Shireen has created jobs for fellow artists in which they guide people through paintings to create a masterpiece, whether they have had previous experience or not. Seeing the joy of others when they pick up a paint brush and scoop up some paint has inspired Shireen to continue learning new skills while still staying true to her painting style.’
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37. Unappreciated – Maryam Isaam Ali, London
‘I explored a personal space that I’m emotionally connected to and based it on different kind of moods and emotions I felt during that time in the space. I was unable to finish a piece that I started ( a dance movement during gcse times) seeing as I didn’t have “the same energy” so I named this piece unappreciated to cover the emotional aspect and phases I felt during that period of time. I find the colours quite therapeutic as it puts my mind in its own world playing around with moods and feelings and bringing them to life.’
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38. Untitled – Safiya, Birmingham 
‘I create visual artwork often embroidered with surrealist elements. This particular piece was inspired by the philosophy of “cause and effect.” It is from a range of politically themed art I created as a way of fragmenting human decision making, into a perspective that is beyond our subjective bias and more focused in understanding the consequences of that decision. Being a person who is inclined to enforcing art with personal meaning, the message behind the art  is also a spiritual reflection of concepts that highlight the way corruption has spoiled the land and sea because of what we as humans have caused with our own hands – a profound fuel for contemplation and inspiration for this particular art piece.’
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39. My Life – Najeedah Adams, South Africa 
‘Art has been my hobby for many years— it is my escape and I love how I can express myself through it. After much persuasion, I finally decided to show my passion to the world! This is an Arabic calligraphy piece, meaning “my life”. I love the Arabic language, especially its eloquence and gracefulness. Art is “my life”, and just as we progress in life, I hope I can improve in my art!’
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40. SubhanAllah In A River of Blue and Gold – Aisha Rajah, London
‘Aisha’s work focuses primarily on Islamic calligraphy and different cultures. Aisha has been drawing since the age of 3 and studied Art up until her A Levels. After this, she carried on drawing and painting as a hobby which she has now turned into a business called ‘aishXart’. She mainly uses acrylic paint on her canvases, and her colourful personality is reflected in her vibrant paintings.
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41. Basmalah – Syryn Bouchara, Boston
‘Basmalah is the name of the phrase “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful” بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم.
This is a simple yet elegant painting, it doesn’t have many colors or details. The purpose is to make the viewer focus on the beauty of the Basmalah and the Arabic calligraphy. It is painted on a 11×14 canvas.’
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42. Sakeena – Tehreem Iqbal, Pakistan
‘I professionally illustrate children’s books and do various other art related projects. Here’s my illustration of my original character Sakeena. Sakeena is a young girl from the hustling city of Karachi in Pakistan. She has a unique fashion sense and loves all kinds of different food! She’s a reflection of the colourful and joyous Pakistani culture. Sakeena helps me as an artist express my own excitement through these energetic character drawings. I wish the girls in our society get the freedom and happiness they deserve.’
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43. Untitled – Noor Irshad, California
‘The piece is meant to be a celebration of the beauty and perseverance of Muslim Women despite the hatred and anger that is directed towards us. A lot of the time, we are made out to be monsters or oppressed, and I just wanted to draw a Muslim woman who was happy and enjoying herself.’
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44. Sitaad For The Ummah – Shukri Janagale, Somalia
‘This image depicts a Sitaad a gathering of Somali Women for social welfare. These gatherings shared Islamic knowledge. It also served as a safe space where woman can express their frustrations. It opened discussion about a wide range of topics such as spirituality, fidelity, peace building and charity. These gatherings were very festive. Beginning with food and drink to satiate ones hunger and thirst. While commencing with signing, chanting, clapping and drumming. The participants left feeling empowered and ready to face the realities of the world.’
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45. Untitled – Mariam Chamy, Vancouver
This artwork is inspired by the Qubbal Khadraa (The Green Dome). I used stenciling, gold, and acrylic paints to capture Islamic design.
I hope this artwork inspires others to learn about Prophet Mohammad, to love him, and want to visit Him in Madinah.
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46. An Eye’s Comfort – Sara, London
‘This is an acrylic abstract piece inspired by the Quranic verse 32:17 which says “And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” This verse is very close to my heart and always makes me wonder and want to be a better Muslim.’
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47. Orientalism: An Introduction – Shaista Chisty, London
‘The project is a personal reflection of my early photography practice. Over the past several years I have been exploring the representation of Muslims in Britain and how the visual narrative in popular culture serves to ‘other’. Coming across images from my own archive which contribute to this narrative was a surprise. The series juxtaposes the problematic exoticised pictures with text from Edward Said’s seminal work ‘Orientalism’.’
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48. Veiled In Insecurity – Beneen, London
‘The Lloyds Building in London, is a complete ghost town on weekends. Open for personal interpretation in terms of what you see, veil meaning a garment or to hide something, insecurity in terms of confidence or political instability, take what you see and need.’
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49. Birth –  Busra Kayikci, Turkey
‘This minimalistic piano piece is an expression of the artists struggles through hard times in life and defining it with the ” birth” metaphor as giving birth to a new life.’

 

 

 

50. ‘Syed zadiyan (daughters) don’t step outside the house’ – Syeda Aniqa Haider, Islamabad

 ‘I grew up listening to this phrase quite a lot. So much that my sister and I joke about it now ‘Syed zadiyan don’t breathe’. It’s heartbreaking every  time I hear someone talk about caste and race. With this self portrait, I wanted people to know how absolutely suffocating and burdening it was at times that one moment you’re a child making innocent memories playing tag with your friends and then next moment you are daughter of Shah sahab (Syed men are commonly known as Shah) and you suppose to avoid certain routes while walking back from school because someone who knows your father might see you. Makes me so angry just thinking about it now. Thanks to my mother I never really had to take longer routes, but it still makes me angry that it was even considered.’

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51. Manchester Is My Home – Sirah Quyyom, Manchester

‘This piece is dedicated to all those people who have ever told someone to “go back home”. To those people who have automatically assumed that because someone has a certain percentage of melanin in their skin they couldn’t possibly be born in this country, they couldn’t possibly call this country home. Funny thing is those very people you say that to are making positive contributions to society, they’re teachers, social workers, doctors, business owners, they are raising their children to become upstanding citizens. Just because they have a different skin colour to you, you think they don’t belong? You don’t know anything about them! You don’t their story, their background. All you see is someone who is different to you, some one who dresses differently, who speaks a different language to you. You know what though?! The country would be a pretty dull place if everyone looked exactly the same, if we all dressed the same and had the same skin colour. So just grow up please, you have no right to decide where someone should or shouldn’t live.’

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52. Something Familiar – Sarah Bougsiaa, Barcelona

‘When diaspora is your home, you constantly search to relate to your roots. Being a libyan in Europe could sometimes be isolating in that sense. Atika is a libyan living in Paris I met through Instagram and coincided with her in Barcelona on her summer holidays. Facing the same issue of not knowing anyone of Libyan origin, our encounter felt very much like home. Just hearing the accent brings back memories and automatically gives you a sense of knowing someone even though you just met. Dressing Atika in traditional libyan fabrics mixed with my print designs, I wanted to represent this feeling of “something familiar”.’

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53. Spider-Hijabi –  Ili Alysza A, Dubai

‘Visual art inspired by my twins who are currently obsessed with Spider-Man after watching “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”’Image-16.jpeg

54. Hungry For Fast Fashion – Ayah Rashid, Abu Dhabi 

‘I am an African American Muslim originally from the USA. I grew up in Dubai, UAE and traveled all over the world before going to high school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I went back to the UAE for university where I attended New York University Abu Dhabi. That is where I was able to delve into my love for all things art. I graduated this past May with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing and a minor in Visual Art. I had the opportunity to explore one of my favorite art mediums, which is printmaking.’

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55. The Black Box – Abeer Fatima, Pakistan

‘Why is the black box so white?’ This doodle came to me almost like a revelation, and to this day I’m still trying to understand what God was trying to tell me through this. But it’s an interesting question to ponder and I suppose it could mean so many different things to so many different people.’

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56. Untitled – Marwa Yasin, Vienna

‘The original photo is a picture of the Solvay Conference and is basically a Picture with only White men except for Marie Curie being the only woman at the conference. So I basically drew over the faces to bring a little more diversity into the picture and showcase the importance of women and POC in any field not just scientific fields.

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57. She Is – Fowsia Cansuur, Manchester

‘The visual poem ‘she is’ came from a feeling of loss of self-identity and pressures from outside factors labelling who am I or who I should be. It is a three part story of the weight women of colour and Muslim women carry in society and their homes based on the body they represent. This poem is about being labelled who you should be but growing to give yourself the space and opportunity to be your own individual.’

 

 

58. People – Sahar Malik, London

‘Emerging from a background of a certain disposition, cultures from many different sources dwell within me. My parents have been brought up speaking the thick earthy dialect of their ethnic Punjabi. They taught us the poetic innocence of Urdu, and secretly converse in the language of their home town, Swahili. Religion taught us to read and recite the beauty of Arabic, yet the English we speak shrinks us down before white men. Double consciousness (Du Bois) is the concept of a particular sensation of looking at oneself through the eyes of others, feeling their sense of ‘twoness’. The idea that there are two of everything within oneself. This is relatable to anyone who has a hybrid identity. In ‘people’ and throughout my work I have aimed to show double consciousness through physical representation. Creating a layered image that reaches out to those who similarly feel they are displaced in a hybridity complex.’

59. Cotton Candy – Zainab Adelopo, London

‘An abstract landscape painting of some distant trees and a lake.’ 

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60. Rise – Malika Umar, New York
’18-year-old Malika Umar is an avid photographer. She is a native of Albany, NY and is currently a student at Harvard University. Malika has been involved in photography for the past 4 years. She has been published in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora and was featured in the Congressional Art Show in 2017, as well as the Student Art Show at Harvard University in 2019. Her photos are a visual representation of the stories she wants to tell her audience.’

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61. Mari – Aisha Bima, Nigeria 

‘It’s part of an ongoing series where I make portraits and collages of Nigerian Muslim women in their 20’s. I capture them when they feel the most beautiful, confident and carefree.

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62. Feel The Rain – Albena, Switzerland

‘This photo shows how I see my legs if I turn my head down. My right one is edited to show how my leg feels like during weather changes, because of my chronic illness called CRPS. It causes an overreaction by my nervous system to every outside stimulation, that inside my body feels with multiple different types of pains. The red fog/smoke represents my numbness, the feeling of not feeling completely my leg. It is red because of the burning sensation, colder temperature cause inside my limb. The flashlight show the random electrical shots I feel. Some areas are in lighter colors there the burning sensation is softer, and in the white ones I get a really ice cold feeling. I represented even the rain drops because just the sound of them on window makes me feel like it is raining on my skin, even if I’m not physically touched by any drop.’

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63. Extract – Sanah Iqbal, Birmingham

‘This image is part of a series of images focusing on mundane subjects that go unnoticed throughout our daily lives.’
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64. Galactic Bloom – Thameenah Ahmad, London
‘It is a fusion of vibrant and rich colour, abstract composition and a juxtaposition of light and dark. The buds of light effervesce and  create their own paths, detached as individual entities yet all fighting against the consumption of darkness. I’m inspired by the wonders of the everyday, the beauty of nature and all that has been created in our universe. The Quranic emphasis on the “creation of the heavens and the earth” resonates in my soul and so inspired the composition of “Galactic Bloom”.’
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65. From The Window – Fatima Sader-Aleshaiker, London
‘From the Window is an illustration series that explores the contemplative dimensions of the migrant experience. This series captures the nature of introspection; both looking out and looking in and nestles itself in the space of neither here nor there.’     
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66. Message – Raneem Tarfa, D.C.
‘I’ve attached my work titled “Message”. It represents the act of hiding away from information we don’t want to hear out of the fear that it will depress us due to previous experiences with similar situations. That information can represent the prospect of rejection, nonacceptance, or bad news. This piece was created with gouache, acrylic, oil pastels, and newspaper clippings.’
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67. Cuts of the Cloth – Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Manchester
‘Evoking the dystopian feel of A Handmaid’s Tale and George Orwell’s 1984, Cuts of the Cloth is a disturbing portrayal of a Muslim woman caught in the net of the ‘war on terror’.’
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68. Multifaceted Consciousness – Yasmine Kazeem, Lagos
This image was created to spur the conversation about duality and the presumptive assertion that everything is or isn’t . I have tried to place my subject in the middle of a deep interaction with nature and also an alteration in the true existence of being, erupting several emotions by placing nothing in a definite psyche. What if we saw things more subjectively or without absolutely labelling? Without pushing each polaroids to distinct ends  failing to understand that those ends could mask the truth.  Incessantly, we parry towards the “positive”. Absorbing and understanding both ends of the spectrum and  all that resides in between is probably necessary to informing a conscious experience of all myriads of the physical, mental and emotional variables which could dismay depression, racism and much more.
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69. Stitching Solidarity – Shimul Chowdhury, Central Florida
Stitching Solidarity is an installation which presents collaborative and participatory craft-making as acts of resistance and expression in the face of surging Islamophobia in the United States. Upon attempting to define notions of belonging and community, a collective of young Muslim people selected images which would represent their unique memories and lived experiences. These images were then stitched onto quilts inspired by the South Asian tradition of kanthas. Crafted traditionally by hand-stitching yards of repurposed saris together, the kanthas were hung together to form an enclosed space within which participants were invited to enter and contribute their own voices to the dialogue through embroidery.
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70. QSA Zine – Bisma Jay, Toronto
I’m a queer Pakistani Muslim artist based in Toronto and I am currently working on an ongoing photo series that represents queer south Asian folks in the diaspora. I started this series to create positive representation within our community and hope it is seen as a resource for other south Asian folks within the LGBTQ+ community. 
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71. Untitled, Zulekha Lakeca, Birmingham
Zulekha is an abstract artist with an interest in fashion illustration and design. 
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72. Portofino – Aisha Minopoli, London
A stunning painting of the fishing village on the Italian Riviera coastline.
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73. Freedom Is In The Eye of The Beholder – Nasra Omer, London
This poem highlights how often in Western media the Hijab is misrepresented  but that as Muslim women when we own the choices we make and are comfortable within ourselves, we are unstoppable. Also, it emphasises that ultimately we wear the Hijab solely for Allah and His pleasure is what we seek. It is a reminder to all of us as Muslims, that we need to constantly renew our intentions to help ourselves and to ensure our efforts are rewarded in the next life.
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74. Eyelids Open – Yakori bint Mohammed, Abuja 
 I use my voice through philosophical compositions to heal, inspire, mentor, enlighten and stir a call for love, truth and empathy. 

75. Solitude Among Giants – Nazna Ajmayeen, Leicester

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76. All Kinds of Wrong – Doha Khan, New York

This is an extract of a narrative poem, a comprehensive “story” that reflects my experience of being Muslim and female in America. 

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