'MUSLIMA: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices' Features Fearless Reformers, Renowned Artists and Emerging Talent Muslim Women Speak Out In Global Online Exhibition
Mar 08, 2013 Art Event
It also features “Muslima Stories”: a collection of multimedia mini-memoirs that is open to submissions from all Muslim women who want to share their voice about what it means to be a Muslim woman today. Officially launching in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), the exhibition’s content is now available for free online and will expand as IMOW receives user-generated submissions.
Curator Samina Ali, the award-winning author of the novel 'Madras on Rainy Days', says she scoured the globe to interview Muslim women who are making an impact on their communities.“Whether it’s fighting for equal justice under the law or creating images that challenge traditional notions of femininity, these women are part of a global movement that is elevating the role of Muslim women in society,” says Ali, an Indian-born Muslim who now lives in the Bay Area of California. “From the Arab Spring to the U.S. State Department, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of Muslim women involved in public life.”
Muslima Curator Samina Ali / Courtesy of Samina Ali
MUSLIMA’s multifaceted elements include:
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi, featured in IMOW's online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Shirin Ebadi
Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson for the Afghan Human Rights Commission, featured in IMOW's online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Sima Samar
Maria Bashir, an Afghan female public prosecutor from Herat province, featured in IMOW's online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Maria Bashir
"Hands of Fatima" by Laila Shawa, included in IMOW's online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Laila Shawa
"Target Wall of Gaza 1," by Palestinian artist Laila Shawa, included in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition at muslima.imow.org. / Courtesy of Laila Shawa
"The Look IV," from Italian artist Boushra Almutawakel's "Hijab Series," included in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition at muslima.imow.org. / Courtesy of Boushra Almutawakel
"Genitilla al Wilada" by Italian artist Maimouna Guerressi, included in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Maimouna Guerressi
An excerpt from Tamadher al Fahim's 'zine, "Diary of a Mad Arabian Woman," featured in IMOW's latest online exhibition at muslima.imow.org / Courtesy of Tamadher al Fahim
From Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian's series "Nil, Nil," included in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition at muslima.imow.org. / Courtesy of Shadi Ghadirian
An untitled calligraphy piece by artist Azra Hamzagic, included in the International Museum of Women’s online exhibition at muslima.imow.org. / Courtesy of Azra Hamzagic
“We are inspired by the courage and creativity of Muslim women around the world,” says Catherine King, IMOW’s Interim Executive Director. “Our hope is that this exhibition will foster a dialogue between Muslim women and the larger community of women and men of all backgrounds who are working for tolerance, equality and justice.”
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate and advance the lives of women around the world. IMOW’s online exhibitions inspire creativity, awareness and action on vital global issues for women. IMOW’s staff is based in San Francisco, CA, USA and works with a global network of advisors and contributors. For more information and to explore the museum’s exhibitions, go to www.imow.org.
'Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices' is a global online exhibition from the International Museum of Women. Major funding for 'Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices' has been provided by the MetLife Foundation and by Museums Connect℠, made possible by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Museums Connect℠ partners include the International Museum of Women, the Women’s Museum in Denmark, the Ayala Museum in the Philippines, and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah, U.A.E.