20th May, 2014

Where will you be MAY 22nd?

Check out this artist profile Aisha will be apart of the Volume: Sisters Make Noise this Thursday! 

 Aisha W. AKA “The Edgar Allan Poet” is a badass poet with a lot of swagger. She loves telling stories, sunny days and chocolate covered almonds. Her work can be found in Pink InkHomebound Poetry, and Shameless Magazine

20th May, 2014

One of our performers for this week’s event! 
Hawa Abdullah has sustained a passion for poetry from a young age. She is a Tanzanian Canadian, with a background in philosophy and anthropology. Hawa believes in the transformative power of art and in the potential for poetry to connect to the hearts and minds of others. She currently shares her words with community through writing and performance. 

One of our performers for this week’s event! 

Hawa Abdullah has sustained a passion for poetry from a young age. She is a Tanzanian Canadian, with a background in philosophy and anthropology. Hawa believes in the transformative power of art and in the potential for poetry to connect to the hearts and minds of others. She currently shares her words with community through writing and performance. 

4th May, 2014

Join us at Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance+ food & vendorsPerformances included:Maryan Jess Hawa MireAisha WahidTimaj GaradSakinah HasibNasim Tajrian Fatima Ifrah HusseinHawa AbdullahFaduma MohamedNadia Adow Shadi Eskandani 
Celebrating the launch of Homebound/Storytellers a poetry book by young Muslim women in Toronto . 
Accessibility: ASL will be provided for the event as well as captioning.
The space is wheelchair accessible including the washrooms
We support a fragrance free environment. Presented by: Outburst! & the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Renaissance Project; Gashanti Unity and SpeakSudanFunded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Ontario Trillium FoundationOutburst! and our community partners would like to acknowledge the generous support of Artscape Daniels Spectrum for their contributions to our use of their facilities

Join us at Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance

+ food & vendors

Performances included:
Maryan 
Jess 
Hawa Mire
Aisha Wahid
Timaj Garad
Sakinah Hasib
Nasim 
Tajrian 
Fatima 
Ifrah Hussein
Hawa Abdullah
Faduma Mohamed
Nadia Adow 
Shadi Eskandani 

Celebrating the launch of Homebound/Storytellers a poetry book by young Muslim women in Toronto . 

Accessibility: 
ASL will be provided for the event as well as captioning.

The space is wheelchair accessible including the washrooms

We support a fragrance free environment. 

Presented by: Outburst! & the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Renaissance Project; Gashanti Unity and SpeakSudan

Funded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Outburst! and our community partners would like to acknowledge the generous support of Artscape Daniels Spectrum for their contributions to our use of their facilities

24th April, 2014

Meet the amazing Rania El Mugammar, director of SpeakSudan and (mus)interpreted curatorial team member. You should come check out the closing night on May 1st! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/musintepreted-exhibition-closing-night-reception-tickets-11351790511

Rania is the director for SpeakSudan, a program that focuses on community development and workshops for youth within the African communities (even so, it is accessible to all identities). But most importantly, Rania is a storyteller. She creates worlds and histories with her words and imagination, like her mother and her mother before her. She spends her time writing or mentoring youth about writing.

Her writing of style matches that of the past great writers – a pen and paper is all she needs to pour out her ingenious. She is disciplined about her writing process. No matter what, she ensures that she writes two hours day. Now that’s commitment!

Her biggest project at SpeakSudan is the youth art’s magazine. The skills she applies as an editor are the expertise that she brought to her curating position at [mus]interpreted. She got involved to help create a safe space for Muslimahs. Often others tell the stories of Muslim women, especially black Muslimahs. Rania wants to ensure there is a place where Muslim women can contribute their own stories using their own voices. 

She found the curating experience challenging, but rewarding. She enjoyed being exposed to great art, along with the company of great people.

Rania is available via Rania@speaksudan.org. The website you can check out her work is artistshaman.org.

23rd April, 2014

Meet Zahra Agjee one of the artists and member of the curatorial team 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! Please RSVP here:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/musintepreted-exhibition-closing-night-reception-tickets-11351790511

Zahra is a freelance artist that works contract to contract. She also leads the Truth & Dare project, which helps build a community for women artists. Zahra’s creativeness can strike anytime. She grabs post-it notes or her snapchat app to catch her ideas. She believes that whatever challenge God puts her way, she will be strong enough to handle because God would not impart upon her something she cannot handle. Zahra wants to find the perfect balance between her work and personal life.

Her artistic focus is on the current political events. She wants to use her art to pave a space for Muslim women to produce art and have an emotional outlet, where grants are available so that they do not have to struggle.

The “Self-Study” series are embedded in her own lifelong struggle with identity as a Muslim and Canadian. She wants to disable the restricted definition people have of what a Muslims woman should and can be. That is why she photographs herself with a hijab, a headscarf and with her hair open. It proves that a Muslimah does not fit into the cookie-cutter perception people have of Muslim women. Zahra emphasizes the spirituality of the image by creating a spotlight effect. The image imitates Christian paintings, in which the religious figures are surrounded by a halo.

Zahra can be contacted via: zahra.agjee@gmail.com, on Instagram: @zzzahhra, or on Twitter: @ZahraAgjee. 

Truth & Dare Project: tndproject.com
facebook.com/tndproject
info@tndproject.com

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/