The Divine is in the Detail

"You can only achieve beauty when you experience the lengthy time and process as soothing, peaceful and spiritual and not as laborious. Repetition is also a critical aspect of how I make my work. Because it helps in the act of meditation, it is a necessary part of the process. For me, that is everything—the act of making." (Aisha Khalid)

Screening Place, Time and the Body

"My images are primarily the illustration of uncomfortable situations that I confront in my life, a way to recapture my personal history in order to reflect on my living experiences." (Anahita Norouzi)

Art Without Translation

"Over the years I have tried to transform calligraphy into forms and composition. These gestures - both rhythm and form - fascinate me." (Golnaz Fathi)

Between Utopia and Dystopia

"Due to the repetitive nature of the situation, the world has long since become immune to footage and stories from Palestine. I think humour brings forth a humanness that rational documentation are unable to achieve. It is also able to reengage the interest of audiences worldwide and look at the conflict with fresh eyes and a new perspective." (Larissa Sansour)

Thirst of the Soul

"Beauty is an abstract reality that needs shape and form for its manifestation. The process of its’ intentional and purposeful manifestation through form, colour, pattern and shape is what I call Art". (Fatima Zahra Hassan)

Of Drones and Dreams

As part of Islamic Arts Magazine’s media partnership with the International Museum of Women’s online “Muslima” exhibit, we will be interviewing some of the artists participating in the IMOW show. Mahwish Chisty is one of them. Mahwish studied at the National College of Art of Lahore, specialising in miniature painting, before immigrating to the United States where she earned her MFA from the University of Maryland in 2008. Mahwish continues to work in the miniature genre but also produces multimedia installations that draw from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices

"That's the beauty of this global exhibition: Muslim women are speaking in their own voices/through their own artwork to address their personal passions, to tell their personal stories, to express themselves." (Samina Ali)

Contemporary Islamic Crafts

"If we consider Islamic art as a glorious present from Islamic culture to human culture, we see that crafts are in fact its actual translation. They are an expression of beauty that has tried and is still trying to contribute various images of creativity that lead to the enrichment of the Islamic cultural heritage." (Dr. Nazeih Taleb Maarouf)

Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia in Amsterdam

“The museum seems to surprise people when they visit. The Dutch audience doesn't expect Saudi Arabians to make intelligent artwork. I think people are even scared of the country. In the media Saudi Arabia is bit like a dragon in a fairy tale.“ (Aarnout Helb)

The Message of Multicultural Awareness

"The repetitive calligraphy is a way to meditate like in Zikr or Tasbeeh on the names of Allah. I feel that the meaning of each word is absorbed in me while meditating on it. The layered calligraphic marks represent the intertwined lives of people of all backgrounds and nations and the similarities that exist all around the world among them creating a multicultural fabric." (Shafaq Ahmad)