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Exhibition: Al Jaale’ah: Locally Global
October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+11
Al Jaale’ah: locally global is a community and cultural engagement program by artist, Shireen Taweel with an exhibition outcome influenced by young Islamic women from Secondary schools in the Liverpool region. This program provides a safe place for young Islamic women to share stories and learn creative skills.
Shireen Taweel is a local artist currently based at the Parramatta Artists Studios. Her creative practice continues a long tradition that involves the act of marking and piercing copper. This process stretches throughout history and across cultures, but is infinitely connected to Taweel’s contemporary experience of being a migrant of Muslim and Lebanese heritage living in Australia.
The gestures that Taweel etches into copper are suggestive of an art form steeped in tradition, but is explored through new perspectives, placing emphasis on the global experience of migration, movement and multiculturalism. The resulting works contribute to a cross-cultural discourse of shared histories and experiences between diverse communities and cultural groups.
Taweel hosted a number of workshops with young Islamic women from local secondary schools to present this new body of works for the Al’Jaale’ah: locally global exhibition in the Marsden Gallery at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Students will be asked to share stories around the idea of identity, belonging, sacred places and the nature of cross-cultural experiences within the greater community of Western Sydney. Students drew patterns with Taweel that are representative of their story. These patterns were transferred by the artist into sheet copper through the process of metal piercing and are presented in this exhibition.
Artwork credit: tomorrow, InshAllah (series), 2016-17 (detail). Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Document Photography.
Al Jaale’ah can be viewed in the Marsden Gallery from 30 September – 29 October.