Halal Metropolis Exhibition Showcase
For Halal Metropolis, an exhibition series on Muslim visibility in Southeast Michigan, we curated a Maamoul Press showcase of works created by Muslim Member Artists from the metro Detroit area. All of our selected pieces are handmade, from printmaking, to book-binding, to illustration. Together, the works represent the powerful ways that artists can use self-publishing practices to subvert the many barriers to publication and distribution often faced by artists from marginalized backgrounds. By taking the act of publishing, printing, and producing books, quite literally, into our own hands, we can better control the ways we are depicted, and the stories we want to tell. The works here represent narratives that are multi-layered, diverse, and sometimes conflicting, complicating the conversation around our experiences through for-us-by-us storytelling.
Exhibited artists: Leila Abdelrazaq, Noura Ballout, Yasmine Elhagehassan, Aya Krisht, Amel Omari, Zeinab Saab.
Our showcase, alongside a wide range of fantastic art from the local Muslim community, has traveled with Halal Metropolis across multiple venues in Michigan:
Bank Suey, Hamtramck
Sept. 6-28, 2019
Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University, Howell
Nov. 8-Dec. 20, 2019
Stamelos Gallery Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Jan. 17-April 3, 2020
Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
May 28 - July 16, 2021
Scarab Club, Detroit
July 28 - Aug. 28, 2021