Munir Jiwa: Muslim Artists in America

This is an Archive of a Past Event

This presentation draws on ethnographic fieldwork I have conducted with Muslim visual artists in New York City. Working with artists allows us to think about Muslims in ways that neither restricts them to theological belief nor locates them only at mosques. It allows us to rethink and remap the locations where we normatively find Muslims, to think about artistic practices and identity in different contexts, and to question and make more complex secular and religious divides. Focusing on the processes of art-making and the framing of creative expression, also reveals the limits of art world boundaries, and the aesthetics and geopolitics of exhibition and representation.