Breaking the Fast (2016)

I am very excited to announce that my art work will be part of Breaking the Fast’s virtual spaces!  I am inspired by all the work that Breaking the Fast has done, and continues to do.  Below is a description of Breaking the Fast.  For more information, please check out their facebook and website.

“Breaking the Fast is the result of a collective realization that a space to celebrate the many ways of being Muslim, and how this culminates through art, is desperately needed.

It is the virtual version of “Breaking the Fast: Glittering Arts Showcase of Rad Muslim Voices”, an annual performance night consisting of comedy, poetry, music and much more by glittering, rad, talented Muslims that takes place on Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories during the Ramadan months.

When we realized there were many more rad Muslim artists than those we could showcase beyond a single evening, the idea of Breaking the Fast as a digital platform blossomed into reality.

Breaking the Fast exists to showcase the artists within our communities and celebrate the many ways of being Muslim (queer, trans, glittery, spiritual, cultural, religious, secular, observant, progressive, sufi, feminist, genderqueer, gender fabulous, taqwacore, activists, resisters and so much more).

Ramadan is a time of reflection, celebration, an awakening of the body, the mind, the heart, the spirit. While the concept may seem Ramadan specific, for many of us coming together in a space where we are able to define our own identities and voices as rad Muslims across a variety of spectrums is a breaking of the fast, from the isolation and alienation we often feel in mainstream and even community spaces. We gather together virtually and in person to break the bread of collective resilience and resistance through creativity. We centre trans, queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, feminist and women’s voices.

Why not have a space for the same to occur all-year round through rad Muslim art?

Please note that Breaking the Fast, functioning under an intentionally anti-oppressive framework, seeks to center, amongst others, queer, trans and feminist voices.”