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Muslim American Artists: Reshaping the Narrative

The panel discussion "Muslim American Artists: Reshaping the Narrative" was held on March 9, 2015 as part of Silk Road Rising’s ongoing commitment to reclaiming, dissecting, and subverting representation. We assembled a panel of five outstanding Chicago-based artists to discuss their work and where it fits against the broader backdrop of American culture, Muslim identity, world events, and the communities from which they hail.

PANELISTS
Rashid Ghazi (filmmaker)
Marwan Kamel (musician)
Nura Maznavi (writer)
Rohina Malik (playwright)
Azhar Usman (comedian)

The panel was moderated by Silk Road Rising's founding artistic director, Jamil Khoury.

VIDEO ARCHIVE:
Introductory remarks by Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury:

This selection poses the following question: What does it mean to be a Muslim American artist?

This selection poses the following question: How is your art a form of activism?

This selection poses the following question: How does your art challenge negative perceptions of Muslims?

This selection poses the following question: What are your hopes for the future of Muslim American arts?

TWITTER ARCHIVE:
The event was live Tweeted. Here's a document with all 79 Tweets. Read for an account of the evening >>