Culture

Divinity and Nature Drive Nadia

My work is a combination of my feelings, philosophies and thoughts on canvas.  The predominant themes I focus on revolve around the philosophy of religion, interfaith harmony and exploration of the Quran. 

What others tell me is that my art belongs in the Contemporary Islamic Art niche. I think I have established my own unique style within that niche experimenting with modern, abstract and even traditional styles at times. 

Culture and Faith Swirl Around in Hajra’s Art

Hajra Motiwala art is a collection of layers portraying her culture and faith. The layering effect highlights her golden culture in marble-like swirls and the Arabic texts top it all off. Her aesthetics vary from the abstract to the defined and is an imminent example of how she leads her own life. She considers art a part of her life, not just in painting it, but in living it:

A Prolific Author “Without Trepidation”

Sahar Abdulaziz is a gifted and prolific author whose collection of published books travel across a broad range of genres, themes and plots in the form of both individual and series. She is an author of eleven books––including The Broken Half, As One Door Closes, Expendable, Tight Rope, Unlikely Friends, Devoted Friends, The Gatekeeper’s Notebook, and her latest release, Unexpected Friends. Her work of fiction highlights the core of very realistic issues and challenges from domestic violence, mental health to romance. She is eloquent, مَا شَاءَ ٱللَّٰهُ and my favorite quote of hers from my interview with her is, “I believe my responsibility as a writer lies in telling the stories that need to be told without trepidation.”

From Bold Theatrics, Daring to be Artistic

Swedish Iranian artist, Shama Vafaipour, takes us on her journey from being an actress to becoming an artist! She decided to be bold, take chances and leap into her most inner self, only to reveal it to the world through Sweden’s biggest theatrical stages and later, through her art. Shama uses different artistic techniques including illumination art, using pure gold powder, to digital art and photography! I recently attended her exhibit at Kista Galleria where I admired how she incorporated her vibrant and colorful culture into her artwork:

Her Life in Prose

She writes her life in the form of prose. Although we can say that poetry, in general, is the unveiling of one’s most inner self, Amerah Saleh writes her autobiography in the form of poems in her book, “I am not from Here.” This unique technique truly moves the reader just as prose and rythm normally do, but with a mixture of the speaker’s (poet’s) recollection of the past that has shaped her into who she is today. See interview below:

This Dreamer Achieves-Kazima Wajahat

Kazima Wajahat is not only a published children’s book author, but also a mother, a parent coach and a speech language pathologist! Kazima not only embraces her role as a mother and her role as a professional, but also as someone who has the skills and passion for them. From my interview with her, I discovered that she is a dreamer and an achiever ما شاء. Let’s get to know her:

It’s Past Midnight Somewhere

Imagine sitting on a balcony or on a bench, even lying down on grass and looking up toward the  midnight sky, utter silence embracing you as you contemplate on your journey through life thus far and fill your head with hopes of the future.

That is what I felt while reading “It’s Past Midnight Somehwere” by Jamal-e-Fatima. 

She Roars Through The Pages

“A Lioness’s Roar” is a collection of poetry representing a marginalized voice, the voice of Fatima Faras.’ She is a budding writer who has published her first book, a collection of poetry targeted to inspire women of all cultures, worldwide and to impact the youth who struggle between maintaining their cultural background while growing up a completely different one. Let’s meet Fatima:

Humera Malik and Why she was the Different Mom

On most of our trips to the park or to story time at the library, we were the only minority family, and I was the only mom who looked “different.” At times, I could sense people staring. As an adult, I didn’t particularly enjoy that so I could only imagine how it felt for my young children, who didn’t fully understand the reason for my Islamic dress. So, when my kids started asking me about my hijab, I knew I wanted to help them see the beauty and normalcy in it, while looking past it to focus on what really matters.

The Americanistani Artist

Manal Mirza is an educated and experienced artist whose inspiration roots from her culture and upbringing, identifying herself as an “Americanistani.” She incorporates colors and patterns while sending a clear message through the various pieces. Her artwork is bright, quarky and fun, with meaningfulness. Let’s learn more about Manal: