14th April, 2014

Meet Rola Kuidir, 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!

Rola, a recent graduate, works as a freelance designer and photographer. She opens her mind up to inspirations from all around her. She appreciates the beauty in everyone and admires different qualities that different people own. She takes most of her time brainstorming ideas. Rola does not have a step-by-step process when producing her stimulating artwork. Rola hopes to go back to school to do a post-graduate degree and learn advertising
in web-design, along with 3D imaging. For now, she enjoys working from her home and the flexibility it offers.

She allows her curiosity to lead her towards the discovery of new dimensions. She did not want to restrict herself to the two-dimensional realm. That is why she set up her composition at (mus)interpreted, “Lana,” as a three-dimensional cube. “Lana” is not confined to the concept of the “oppressed” Muslim woman. She is ready to punch, be silly and laugh. She is photographed with different styles of hijab that makes her identity fluid and refutes judgement. Rola wants the audience to come close and see people for who they really are, through all of the character’s different emotions. So no need to stand so far away and judge, come and join Lana’s quirkiness. Rola engages the audiences with “Lana” by moving her into the audience’s three-dimensional sphere.

More about (mus)interpreted - https://www.facebook.com/events/1476072095942364/

11th April, 2014

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Meet Ammara Wasim, 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!

Ammara is a first year Visual Studies student at University of Toronto. She graduated from Mississauga’s art school, Cawthra Park Secondary School. Everywhere Ammara goes, a sketchbook tags along with her. She prefers working at night and a lot of times she gets lost in her art pieces, pulling all-nighters. She admires Bas Jan Ader’s conceptual performance art that instigated critical thinking. The eccentric artist uses her passion for art to make political statements. She yearns to learn everything she can, including multiple languages. Ammara plans on paving her own way through life instead of going directly to art school.

After researching Islamic art and admiring the symmetry of art in mosques, Ammara created “Dhikr” for (mus)interpreted. The vibrant colours in her pieces are indebted to her use of acrylic paint on gold leaf plates. The subject matter she chose is close to her heart. Ammara
felt that growing up in non-Muslim communities could sometimes steer people away from God. The words of Dhikr are constant reminders that Muslim women cannot forget God. Many times Muslim women’s identities and lives are decided by society. Ammara wants her audience to know that remembering God helps Muslimahs reconnect with their individual purposes. The gorgeous calligraphy she couples with the powerful words were actually her second time attempt, without prior knowledge or learning experience.

Check out (mus)interpreted all throughout April at the Daniels Spectrum - 585 Dundas St. E. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476072095942364/

10th April, 2014

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Meet Mehwish Siddiqui, 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!

Mehwish had put off her passion for photography and blogging long enough. So when she graduated from the University of Toronto, she jumped right into the fantastical world of art. She always tries to be in a state of gratitude and compassion. She wants to pursue further study later on. Stars fascinate her and her favourite piece is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” She fosters a meditative and peaceful environment to allow her expressive creativity to produce beautiful artwork. This forwards her life goal to find a sense of physical and spiritual harmony, and balance in all her endeavours. In searching for that balance, she explored many different art mediums. She has come to appreciate the layered texture of acrylic the most.

Her piece in (mus)interpreted, “God is in the Details” is an acrylic painting that shows how the nature’s branches and the human biology coincide. As a Biology student, she always admired the human body as piece of art. In this piece, she discloses how God is the true master of art.

Check out (mus)interpreted all throughout April at the Daniels Spectrum - 585 Dundas St. E. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476072095942364/

9th April, 2014

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.

Contact Maha - mahamunaf@gmail.com
Or check out her website: www.the-mstudio.com

3rd April, 2014

Meet Hira Kazmi one of the 20 artists featured in #musinterpreted exhibition at the Daniel Spectrum ArtScape April 1 - May 1. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476072095942364/

When she is not studying full time, working at a French café, kicking some butt in Martial Art classes or mentoring high school students (whew!), Hira is in the process of creating intricate art pieces. She has even converted her living room into a private studio to pursue her creativity. 

She possesses a sense of adventure that led her to explore religious architecture and be inspired. She breaks the out-dated stereotype that Muslim women cannot be bold and shatters barriers between religions by painting church-inspired stain glass in her piece, “Labyrinth”. The mysterious piece uses watercolour to capture the stain glass’ nature to reflect light. She paints the light that only reflects but even pierces through the glass. 

But aspiration does not stop at this insightful piece. She hopes to paint a mural that will absorb the grandness of a wall as a canvas.

Connect with Hira Kazmi Hirarukh@gmail.com

Meet Hira Kazmi one of the 20 artists featured in #musinterpreted exhibition at the Daniel Spectrum ArtScape April 1 - May 1. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476072095942364/

When she is not studying full time, working at a French café, kicking some butt in Martial Art classes or mentoring high school students (whew!), Hira is in the process of creating intricate art pieces. She has even converted her living room into a private studio to pursue her creativity.

She possesses a sense of adventure that led her to explore religious architecture and be inspired. She breaks the out-dated stereotype that Muslim women cannot be bold and shatters barriers between religions by painting church-inspired stain glass in her piece, “Labyrinth”. The mysterious piece uses watercolour to capture the stain glass’ nature to reflect light. She paints the light that only reflects but even pierces through the glass.

But aspiration does not stop at this insightful piece. She hopes to paint a mural that will absorb the grandness of a wall as a canvas.

Connect with Hira Kazmi Hirarukh@gmail.com

3rd April, 2014

Profile of Hamdi Ali - Photographer, who is one of the 20 artists featured in #musinterpreted at Regent Park Arts at the Daniel Spectrum ArtScape April 1 - May 1. 

A microbiology student, Hamdi, has always carried a camera around with her since she was a kid. She works to establish her own style by acquiring the inspiration for her work from her daily life. She recreates her own vision in her photographs. Even though her goals keep evolving as she experiments with the art world, and pursues her microbiology career, she currently works in the food industry through co-operative education and was involved in a photojournalism program.
“The Heart of Home is within Me and I within It” was caught when she went to her home country, Somalia, for first time. She instantly fell in love with the country. When leaving, she realized that the land’s culture, colour and people had become a bigger part of her than before. She reproduces the Somali blue skies and brilliantly coloured, eye-catching clothes in the photograph. The piece is stark statement against the destitute image of Somalia that the media portrays. She actually feels that the camera still failed to capture the true magnificence of the scene she witnessed with her eyes.

To contact Hamdi me@hamdiphotos.com 
Check out her work here http://www.hamdiphotos.com/

Profile created by Faria. Faria is a freelance writer that inspires to be like the superheroes/heroines that try to destroy oppression using the written word. Eventually, she wants to become a research journalist for Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera or Adbuster. But she would settle for being the next J.K. Rowling too. Other than Outburst!, she has written for She Canada, Able and HeadsUp! After all the social justice battles, she de-stresses by baking yummy goodies, which very quickly becomes in demand and eventually a source of stress in itself. You can find her on faria.jafri@gmail.com.

Profile of Hamdi Ali - Photographer, who is one of the 20 artists featured in #musinterpreted at Regent Park Arts at the Daniel Spectrum ArtScape April 1 - May 1.

A microbiology student, Hamdi, has always carried a camera around with her since she was a kid. She works to establish her own style by acquiring the inspiration for her work from her daily life. She recreates her own vision in her photographs. Even though her goals keep evolving as she experiments with the art world, and pursues her microbiology career, she currently works in the food industry through co-operative education and was involved in a photojournalism program.

“The Heart of Home is within Me and I within It” was caught when she went to her home country, Somalia, for first time. She instantly fell in love with the country. When leaving, she realized that the land’s culture, colour and people had become a bigger part of her than before. She reproduces the Somali blue skies and brilliantly coloured, eye-catching clothes in the photograph. The piece is stark statement against the destitute image of Somalia that the media portrays. She actually feels that the camera still failed to capture the true magnificence of the scene she witnessed with her eyes.

To contact Hamdi me@hamdiphotos.com
Check out her work here http://www.hamdiphotos.com/

Profile created by Faria. Faria is a freelance writer that inspires to be like the superheroes/heroines that try to destroy oppression using the written word. Eventually, she wants to become a research journalist for Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera or Adbuster. But she would settle for being the next J.K. Rowling too. Other than Outburst!, she has written for She Canada, Able and HeadsUp! After all the social justice battles, she de-stresses by baking yummy goodies, which very quickly becomes in demand and eventually a source of stress in itself. You can find her on faria.jafri@gmail.com.