Curated by Salma Arastu
Featured artists: Salma Arastu, Manli Chao, Rabea Chaudhry, Rubina Kazi, Bassamat, Azeem Khaliq, Yasmin Khafagy, Nabeela Sajjad, Sophia Sattar, Sehar Shahzad, and Ayesha Samdani
Muslim women artists in the Bay Area will express their personal visual interpretations of selected words in Arabic. The exhibition features a range of calligraphy styles from traditional to contemporary and includes modern techniques of layering acrylics and mixed media. Since its origin in the seventh century, Arabic calligraphy is deeply associated with the sacred book, the Quran. Furthermore, the prohibition of figurative art in religious places has led calligraphy to become one of the major forms of artistic expression in Islamic cultures.