Muslim Women in the Arts: Artist Reception featuring artist Samina Quraeshi
Presented by The AIC Center
March 14, 2013
Join us for the second Artist Reception as part of the Muslim Women in the Arts Series Featuring Pakistani Artist Samina Quraeshi AIC Center
38 Newbury Street
Boston, MA Light Refreshments Provided| Free and open to all
"Home & Away: Shared Narratives of Gendered Identity is a unique arts and culture series spotlighting the work of four Boston-based female artists from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia."
The series aims in part to address a lack of exhibits by contemporary Muslim artists in Boston’s galleries and museums, a void that reinforces the perception that Muslim art is limited to calligraphy and rugs. In fact, Boston is home to a vibrant scene of stereotype-shattering artistic innovators from across the Muslim world. “Home and Away” showcases four diverse examples of this new paradigm of artist: female, of Muslim heritage, and shaped by complex hybrid identities - some with a hidden Jewish heritage, others with seemingly contradictory roots (e.g. Mecca and New Mexico). The shapes, colors, textures, and subject matter provides insight beyond words, offering a window into the past, and a microcosmic view of the issues and experiences that shape so many women today. Special Guest - Samina Quraeshi There are few designers who have done as much as Samina Quraeshi to integrate design, education, research, cultural ambassadorship and authorship to help communities express their unique cultural voices. She has more than thirty years of experience working with corporate, public, private, academic and non-profit clients. Quraeshi has had outstanding self-initiated projects in art and cultural production including the design of books and exhibits as well as the production of multi-media and performing arts events. In addition, she is a pubished author (Legacy of the Indus: A Discovery of Pakistan, Lahore: The City Within, Legends of the Indus, Reimagining West Coconut Grove, and most recently Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus) At Harvard University she is working on "The Other Half of Tomorrow" which is a new media initiative that will explore contemporary Pakistan through the perspectives of Pakistani women. It consists of a series of short documentary films, an interactive website, a traveling lecture and performance series. Samina Quraeshi was born to a Muslim family in Bombay (now Mumbai) during the years of the partition of India. Her family relocated to Karachi, Pakistan, in 1948; in secondary school she joined a student exchange program through the American Field Service and studied for a year in Manhattan, Kansas. She returned to study in Karachi, but eventually came back to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to complete her university studies.