"Face of Islam" photo exhibition celebrates diversity + beauty of GTA Muslim community
FACE OF ISLAM, PHOTO EXHIBITION BY THE INVISIBLE MAJORITY OPENS AT DOWNSVIEW PARK MAY 14
Flowers for You: Face of Islam, an exhibition of photography by The Invisible Majority – a project by artist Zahra Siddiqui – will open at the ArtworxTO Hub North at Downsview Park on May 14. It runs until July 31.
Flowers for You: Face of Islam explores diversity within the GTA Muslim community and honours the beauty and individuality of those represented. The inspiration for the series was an incident of violence against a Muslim family in London, Ontario which came as a reminder that the Muslim community needs to feel uplifted and loved, seen and valued. “This series is meant to challenge people’s ideas and help them channel energy from their heart, to act from a place of shared humanity and respect,” says Siddiqui.
Face of Islam is part of the ongoing community portraiture series, Flowers for You by The Invisible Majority – a celebration of diverse communities that gives people their flowers to remind them of their worth with a simple gesture.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14, 12-2 pm
Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON M3K 2C5
Zahra Siddiqui and The Invisible Majority
The Invisible Majority is a project by Toronto-based photographer and mixed media artist Zahra Siddiqui, whose portraits, mixed media work and community activations focus on celebrating the existence of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, 2SLGBTQ+, and those who live along the margins of society. Siddiqui’s goal is to evoke questions about why this group of people is being focused on, and for viewers to be conscious of those humans who add so much value to the world, but are treated as though they are Invisible. Siddiqui first picked up the camera 10 years ago. Her work has evolved from photography to the use of mixed media and experimentation with acrylic paint, textiles and adornments as a way to create more layers of impact.
Flowers for You: Face of Islam is part of ArtworxTO: Toronto's Year of Public Art, 2021–2022 a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, the City of Toronto is delivering major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto's diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for Torontonians to engage with art in their everyday lives. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for full details.