Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias

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Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias

This project examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts.

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Art and Activism in Contemporary Global Landscapes Series

Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias

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 Abdullah Qureshi’s well-established artistic practice in relation to his doctoral research, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias. The project examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts. Responding to an urgent need to recognize queer Muslim voices and address the rampant Islamophobia in Europe, the research contextualizes narratives of Muslim LGBTIQ+ immigrants in Islamic history, mythologies, and art. Through artistic and curatorial interventions, the project challenges and re-imagines spaces of exclusion and fetishization. As we discuss this current inquiry, we also consider Qureshi’s extensive curating, cultural programming, pedagogy, and writings which articulate inquiries in feminist, LGBTIQ2S+, decolonial, anti-racist, and migratory discourses and engage collective modes of creative thinking, organization, and production.

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Abdullah Qureshi is a Pakistani-born multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator. Rooted in traditions of abstraction, he incorporates gestural, poetic, and hybrid methodologies to address autobiography, trauma, and sexuality through painting, filmmaking, and immersive events. Qureshi has exhibited and screened his films internationally and held numerous cultural positions. In 2017, he received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2018, a research fellowship at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston. In 2019, he joined the Center for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto as a visiting graduate student. Qureshi is currently Lecturer in Fine Art: Contemporary Practices at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Dr. Michael Chagnon, Curator at the Aga Khan Museum. Dr. Chagnon has previously held curatorial posts at the Brooklyn Museum, LACMA, and Japan Society, and served in curatorial capacities for exhibitions at New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum. He received his PhD from New York University in the History of Art in 2015.

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 at the University of Toronto develops research projects that fill critical gaps in society’s understanding of Islam and Muslims.

By centering Islam and Muslims, the IIS offers a critical viewpoint from which we can better understand our world.

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