Ottawa Inshallah is a bilingual art anthology to be produced by artist Aquil Virani that features 25 Ottawa-based Muslim artists who dream of a better future.
The interdisciplinary project starts soon with an open call for submissions in any visual medium that can fit on a printed page – whether drawing, photography, henna art or poetry and writing. Two separate hour-long Zoom workshops will help artists brainstorm creative ideas to submit (if they need it). These online gatherings will also serve as a Q&A for prospective artists. Submissions will be judged by an esteemed jury of three. 25 selected artists will receive a modest honorarium and a free copy of the anthology.
2. Why Ottawa Inshallah?
Our stories. Reclaiming the narrative. Dreaming of the future. Building a budding Islamofuturism movement. Representing pluralism and dismantling the monolith associated with Muslims in broader, Western culture. Growing community strength and inter-community connection.
3. Download the full call for submissions
Click here to view and download the call for Ottawa-based Muslims to submit their art and writing to the anthology. Selected artists will be paid a modest honorarium. Email me at aquilvirani[at]gmail.com if you have any questions.
4. Zoom workshop and Q&A
An English and a French (optional) hour-long Zoom workshop will help artists brainstorm creative ideas to submit. These will also serve as Q&A sessions for prospective artists about the project. Again, if interested in being kept in the loop, send me a quick email.
5. Thanks to the City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts fund for supporting the project.