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24 Muslim Artists at Abrons Arts Center


Birds of Intoxication by Samira Abbassy


The Meeting by Seher Shah


Flag by Sara Rahbar

by Julie Muller Stahl

Abrons Arts Center Gallery presents CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING COLORS: 24 CONTEMPORARY MUSLIM ARTISTS

24 Muslim artists will uncover their personal insights, beliefs, politics, and methods of defining their individual’s cultural and religious stance within a secular environment at the Abrons Arts Center from January 16 through March 16. Curated by Mareena W. Daredia, Changing Climate, Changing Colors brings together a diverse group of artists hailing from North African, South Asian, Middle and Far Eastern cultures. Their work begs us to reconsider our positions and impressions, while questioning the very foundation of why Islamic and Western societies are at odds. Addressing issues that range from overt political statements and current “Muslim” conflicts, to introspective reflections of personal identity and expression, these artists offer a unique investigation into the routinely overlooked cultural diversity within Islam.

Featuring a wide array of media from performance art to paintings, each artist captures the current misgivings, doubts, fears, desires, and ultimate hopes that continue to evolve through an Islamic lens. Artists include Samira Abbassy, Tareq Abboushi, Sabah Ahmed, Bijli, Diana Al-Hadid, Javid Alibhai, Meher Asad, Bushra Chaudry, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Khadija Daya, Hasan Elahi, Yasmin Etemadi, Huma Gul, Sarah Husain, Masood Kamandy, Yasamin Keshtkar, Asma Arshad Mahmood, Sara Rahbar, Sa’dia Rehman, Hadieh Marjan Shafie, Mo Shah, Tahera Seher Shah, Saba Waheed, and Emna Zghal.

Changing Climate, Changing Colors is inspired by the works of Muhammad Iqbal (d. 1938), a poet philosopher from India. He regarded art as a dynamic force for expression, as time-changing rather than time-bound and dependent — and the integrity of the self preserved only through constant transformation.

Zamany kay andaaz badlay gayay,
Naya raag hai, saaz badlay gayay.

The ways of Time have been changed,
There is a new tune, instruments have been changed.

- Muhammad Iqbal

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street, (at Pitt street), 212.598.0400, abronsartscenter.org

Julie Muller Stahl is Marketing Director for Abrons

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Blogger Asma said...

The show 'Liberated' is an exciting acrylics and mixed media interplay of popular icons and the 'hijab' (the head scarf adorned by Muslim women), highlighting the role of individual practices in the shaping of a unique national identity. The work includes personal involvement of more than a hundred Muslim women across America.
As an artist, my concerns have always been my immediate environment, especially the cities I've lived in. 'Liberated' juxtaposes my fascination with New York City life and my experience with the self empowering identity of American Muslim women.

Show Dates: January 2 -- January 27, 2007
Location: The Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12- 6 (no fee

1/14/2007 1:27 AM  

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