1. What is Ottawa Inshallah?
Ottawa Inshallah is a bilingual art anthology, produced by artist Aquil Virani, that features 25 artworks from Ottawa-based Muslim artists who dream of a better future.
The interdisciplinary project started with an open call for submissions in any visual medium that could fit on a printed page – whether drawing, photography, henna art or poetry and writing. Two separate hour-long Zoom workshops helped artists brainstorm creative ideas to submit. Submissions were judged by an esteemed jury of three. Selected artists received 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 Muslim Futurism movement. Representing pluralism and dismantling the monolith associated with Muslims in broader, Western culture. Growing community strength and inter-community connection.
3. What’s next?
The book will be launched in the fall of 2021. If you want to be kept in the loop, email us at ottawainshallah[at]gmail[dot]com.
Thanks to the City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts fund for supporting the project.