Famous Muslim Photographer Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders speaks to CNN about his faith and photography.

CNN: What made you decide to start taking pictures of Muslims instead of rock stars?

Peter Sanders: I didn’t just become a completely different person. I’m still that same person that did all that stuff in the ’60s, it’s just that my point of reference slightly changed.

I still listen to Dylan and he’s still an inspiration to me, I just found that photographing Muslims was slightly more interesting because they came from a world that I could only aspire too — people who spend their lives in prayer, study and worship.

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Afro-Arab singer Malika Zarra & Takin’ It to the Streets event

Moroccan jazz artist Malika Zarra talks about the hardships faced by North Africans in Europe.

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She’ll be at the Takin’ It to the Streets event along with others like Mos Def.

InfoWhat: Takin’ It to the Streets: Urban International Festival
When: June 19th, 2010
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave. in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois Click here to see the map
Price: FREE*

*donations encouraged

20,000 people. 200 vendors.

100 artists. 4 stages.

1 day.

Takin’ It to the Streets is a Muslim-led festival where artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity inspire social change.

Takin’ It to the Streets bridges today’s cultural divides by connecting diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities through a dynamic festival. The festival will enrich cross-cultural community building not only in Chicago, but around the world.

Featured Artists:

  • Mos Def – Grammy Winner
  • Brother Ali – Minnesota, USA
  • Tinarwein – Mali
  • Chabab al Andalous – Morocco
  • And many more!

Four Stages:

  • Unity Stage: Reflects this unifying principle and showcases the diverse musical talents of contemporary artists
  • Hip Hop Pavilion: Bringing together the elements of MCing, DJing, Breakin’, and graff art, with skateboarding and workshops
  • World Music Stage: Blending global expression of traditional art forms through international artists
  • Streets Stage: The festival’s signature stage bringing together dynamic performers and inspiring speakers

Activities:

  • Faith & Justice: Speakers, panel discussion, and dialogue on a variety of issues relating to spirituality & social change
  • International Bazaar: Cultural artifacts, multi-ethnic cuisine, community organizations and more!
  • Health & Wellness Fair: Free health screenings, information on healthy living and refreshments 
  • Sports Arena: 3-on-3 Basketball tournament open to all
  • Family Zone: Rides, interactive games, children’s activities, and family-friendly performances
  • Prayer Center: A quite space open all day for meditation, reflection and prayer

Additional Streets 2010 Events

Since its inception in 1997 as a single-day event, Takin’ It to the Streets has steadily grown in attendance and impact, and in 2010 it is preceded by a full week of events that embrace a new Muslim cultural renaissance.

Salaam Film Festival June 13-15: University of Chicago

A three-day festival highlighting the power of film as a tool for peace and social change. The festival will also screen films from the One Chicago, One Nation online film contest. Click here for more info

Melodies from Morocco June 16: Old Town School of Folk Music

The festival continues with a performance by the renowned Orchestre Chabab Al Andalous from Morocco Click here for more info

Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices June 17: Millennium Park

World Music artists Tinariwen, from Mali, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, from Turkey, will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Click here for more info

About the Producer

Takin’ it to the Streets is produced by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a globally recognized leader that aims to change, serve and inspire by working on social justice issues, delivering a wide range of direct services, and cultivating the arts in urban communities.

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Learn more about IMAN: www.imancentral.org

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Postsecret: “I am Muslim and a lesbian”

May this postcard encourage compassion and respect for the visible and invisible struggles people go through

Istanbul’s first female mosque designer

Istanbul’s first female mosque designer, Zeynep Fadillioglu. Zeynep Fadillioglu is one of Turkey’s best known designers and architects. She has designed the interiors of countless homes and hotels around the globe but her most important assignment was at home in Istanbul where she became the first woman in the Islamic world to design a mosque. Her goal was to create a modern look that would combine with Islamic culture — and she succeeded. Although her design has been criticized as a high society mosque by some traditionalists, it has been accepted by the wider public.

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Veiled Threat: The guerrilla graffiti of Princess Hijab

About 5 or 6 years ago I stumbled on Princess Hijab’s myspace. With her[?] art posted without explanation–not that it needed much– I couldn’t help but feel great admiration for the traditional rebel. I couple of months later the myspace was down and I couldn’t find anything about her. Then during a blackout I picked up a BITCH magazine [a feminist magazine] and started to read it. There was a article on Princess Hijab!

In fact, Princess Hijab asserts, her dressing up of billboards is a symbolic act of resistance meanttoreassert a “physical and mental integrity” against what she calls the “visual terrorism” of advertising. Arguing that the human right of expression has been displaced by publicists, advertisers, and the machinery of capitalist, commodified culture, she offers that, “My work explores how something as intimate as the human body has become as distant as a message from your corporate sponsor.”

The message is so unique and powerful from the mere fact that Princess Hijab is actually not even Muslim. The article, which has more details is fantastic, you can read it here.

Princess Hijab’s offical website can be found here as well. The Japanese characters makes me wonder if Princess Hijab is actually Japanese…

To understand Princess Hijab’s art is to question the incongruities of our society. In this era of extreme visual marketing, Princess Hijab explores notions of space and representation, challenging people’s ideas on normative types of representations with the distinctive black veil. Her work is the living example of how symbolist imagery is woven in or out of the social landscape in order to question its motley texture through art.

–Tatiana Soubielle

Sufi Comics

blind astronomer

Sufi comics, is a web comic headed by two Indian young men, Arif and Ali. The comics are delightful and profound sharing stories of imans and prayers in a novel way. Concerning their process on their facebook fan page Sufi Comics says “the comic is not done in one sitting, but in a span of 1 to 2 weeks… Both work on the Story, and Ali does the Art work.”

It is definitely worth taking a look at, their website and comics can be found here.

Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic

Some of you may have heard of Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic,

a graffiti artist who is famous for his spiritual murals.

He’ll be at an event, more info below:

Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic)’s Writing on the Wall will see the renowned graffiti artist join forces with leading international poets in front of a live audience for a special one-off show at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January 2010.

Having established himself in the arts scene for the past decade, Mohammed Ali’s latest project sees an idea thought up four years ago coming to life. With the guidance of legendary Hip Hop theatre director Jonzi D, Ali will accompany three internationally renowned poets on stage for a radical live art show.

The line-up for Writing on the Wall includes Zena Edwards, who has been performing as a professional poet for the last nine years, manipulating the boundaries of language and experimenting with the ways people hear and interpret the spoken word. She will be joined by American poet Amir Sulaiman who has twice featured on HBO’s Def Poetry programme, and Dreadlock Alien, who was Birmingham’s Poet Laureate in 2006. During the two-week lead-up Mohammed will also be working with local visual artists to create unique images, before embarking on the one-night-only performance on Thursday 21 January 2010 in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s scenic workshop.

Inspired by the theme of ‘3’, the production will build towards a show that interweaves sights and sounds to inspire the audiences’ imagination, provoking thoughts and creative fires. During the performance, live poetry and painting will blend seamlessly in front of and all-around the audience.

If that didn’t get excited enough here’s some more:

Here’s a moving piece flimed by Musa Syeed about one of Aerosolarabic’s murals in New York called “Sacred Street Art”:

Sacred Street Art from Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic on Vimeo.

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