Lagjja Ime (My Neighbourhood), acrylic paint on steel, 24 inches x 36 inches, 2019
As a Muslim immigrant womxn, I exist in the built archive of the familiar. This archive, or rather living repertoire of the archaeology of the everyday, flourishes as it is being translated through abstracted material play into multilayered conceptual works. With this said, my artistic practice fosters vulnerable dialogic exchange between myself, my works, and the viewers. As art activists, we are able to create powerful interactions that promote integration simply by producing works that to some degree can feel relatable to our audiences.
The passion I have in building creative resilient immigrant communities that are effectively addressing social issues at a grassroots level fuels the dense research I am undertaking. As a result, I have come to view my works as performative containers. Performative in the sense that my cultural memories and explorations of urban liminal spaces are intentionally replayed nonstop through the process of research, creation and public sharing, and containers because they hold and frame personal narratives in constant flux. Through visceral manipulation and critical arts interventions, I examine urban contemporary realities and the fractured cultural landscapes of immigrant femme communities who in the making of their identities are paving the way for transnational dialogue and urban imaginaries.
I hope that the art-activist processes and plays I have shared inspire and encourage Muslim immigrant femme readers to explore their nuanced cultural identities by building on traditional understandings of community through fluid placemaking arts-based practices.