Art on the Streets: Human Rights, Feminism and South Asian Identity

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Art on the Streets: Human Rights, Feminism and South Asian Identity

This conversation will focus on the ways in which women experience public spaces, especially with respect to harassment and general safety.

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Date and time

Location

Online

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Art and Activism in Contemporary Global Landscapes Series

Art on the Streets: Human Rights, Feminism and South Asian Identity

The Islamic Art & Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC) is pleased to announce the launch of the second iteration of its online conversation series. This new series entitled  Art and Activism in Contemporary Global Landscapes will take consist of 4 monthly sessions held on Zoom on Saturdays from February to May at 11 a.m. EST. Our 2023 series aims to highlight the intersectionality and dynamism of art and activism by hosting conversations with contemporary artists from Islamic contexts who create works of art that demand social and political change. All sessions are FREE but registration via Eventbrite is required.

This conversation will focus on the ways in which women experience public spaces, especially with respect to harassment and general safety. Depending on location and socio-economic conditions, women globally navigate physical and virtual spaces differently. Shehzil’s activist work considers the dire state of women’s rights and the ubiquity of gender-based violence in South-Asia. Our discussion will take us through the artwork developed by Shehzil for Aurat March (Women’s March), a remarkable movement of solidarity for women’s rights in Pakistan. The popularity of the bold aesthetics of this work, which places large scale posters of women’s bodies in generally conservative public spaces, highlights the role of art and aesthetics in effective resistance. Shehzil will also discuss largely the role of visual culture in the streets and the language of resistance across the world, considering the recent protests in Iran, conditions for women in Afghanistan and her latest work in Berlin which looks at how social change can be facilitated in both digital spaces and wider society through art-based enquiries.

Presenter Details:

Shehzil Malik is a visual artist with a focus on human rights, feminism, and South Asian identity. She is a Fellow at the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as a Fulbright scholar with an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She leads a studio that works on social impact projects through digital art, publications, textile, and public art. Her work has been featured in CNN, DW, BBC and Forbes with clients including Penguin Random House, Oxfam, Malala Fund, Marvel, New York Times, GIZ and Google. She was a contributing artist and panellist at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019 and has previously worked as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, Lahore.

Hosted by:

Sanniah Jabeen, PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Toronto and Senior Fellow at the IAMCC.

About the IAMCC

The Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative (IAMCC), is a research network based in Toronto that brings together the capacities and resources of the University of Toronto (UofT), the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and the Aga Khan Museum (AKM). The IAMCC fosters advanced research in the study of Islamic art and material culture by acting as an inclusive space for researchers, curators, and students.

About the IIS

The IAMCC is housed at the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) at the University of Toronto. The IIS produces enriching research centered on Islam and Muslims across academia, communities, policies, and cultures.

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Shehzil’s posters for Aurat March (2018)

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Locating women’s bodies in public spaces

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Creating women's health awareness through public art

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Shehzil Malik by Kayhan Suleman

All Image Credits are to the Artist