Monday, June 30, 2014

L’art contemporain ismaélien s’expose | The Ismaili contemporary art exhibits via JOURNAL LA SOURCE

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The Ismaili contemporary art exhibits

Sunset in Rajasthan, by Aziz Dhamani |. Photo by Aziz Dhamani
Sunset in Rajasthan, by Aziz Dhamani |. Photo by Aziz Dhamani
A collective of artists contemporary Muslim unveils the Ismaili faith through exposure to the Surrey Arts Gallery. Until August 9, the public is invited to a spiritual pilgrimage on "Change." It reveals the many facets of a humanist Islam which advocates unity in the multicultural landscape of Canada.
The exhibition presents works of British-Colombian members of the collective Ismaili Arts Canada debunks the popular concept of "Qi'yamat" or end of the world. Change is defined as the resurrection of man with a new vision of the world. Yasmin Karim, coordinator of the exhibition and artist, says the idea for this event came from a sad commentary on today's world, where the progress of science has been overtaken by wars and conflicts.
Ha Mim, Yasmin Karim |. Illustration by Yasmin Karim
Ha Mim, Yasmin Karim |. Illustration by Yasmin Karim
The Ismailis, a minority current Shiite Islam appeared in the second century AH (eighth century), is led by a spiritual leader: His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Imam in the direct lineage of the Prophet Mohammed. The Ismailism is present in 25 countries and has approximately 15,000 adherents in British Columbia, the largest number after Ontario. The core of this school of thought is the pursuit of knowledge and the right way by the study of philosophy. The cult of the Ismailism, which advocates inner transformation through the practice of zikr, or meditation, is to get closer to the divine path by crossing levels of evolution.
The alchemy of shapes and colors
Crossing the threshold of the gallery, abstract work Taslim Samji, Falling Star, invites a meditative journey into self. In addition, the Crayonnages Jalal Gilani contrast. The artist has to deal with a new style and depicts the faces and forms of the woman, a symbol of survival. Works succeed in an arrangement that promotes sustained reflection. A few meters away webs Alia Noormohamed Canadian artist painter native Kenyan attract their generous formats. They catch the eye by the bubbling emotions that emerges. The juxtaposition in the mosaic of colors is daring. The dichotomy between the tables is disturbing. The artist seeks a conversation with "the supreme God." Sometimes she draws a portrait of the outbreak of beauty after the torments of Qi'yamat (the transition between the two worlds) by the clear blue ocean, symbolizing the quiet, sometimes she questions the way return of the soul to the source. These are moments of doubt, shadows of human existence. She says: "The Ismailis enriched expressions of intentions. Thus, the zikr or meditation is inherent. I chose art to communicate with God and express my gratitude to humanity. "
Crab Fishing in Dar es Salaam Beach by Sher Nasser |. Illustration by Sher Nasser
Crab Fishing in Dar es Salaam Beach by Sher Nasser |. Illustration by Sher Nasser
Each artist reflects the way his vision of an Islam which wants humanist. Sher Nasser, from Zanzibar, depicts both the savanna of East Africa, the animal world, the Maasai tribe and the ocean. The artist states that Ismailism is far from being an esoteric current. It is part of a school of thought that combines everyday life in the divine mind. She continues: "The Koran tells us that we can learn from the smallest insect. Whole verse is devoted elsewhere. When I am inspired by a subject, Ponder this in my heart and reappears as a reverb on my paintings, such communion prayer. Respect, humility and greatness of soul are values ​​inherent in the Ismaili faith. "

The real foundations of the spiritual life

Indeed, humility often returns to the theme of the exhibition. In the middle of the room, Azmina Kassam pays tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan, exposing a charcoal of a woman holding a bowl of beggar. The wrinkles on his face are marked but is still robust and humble because "the universal light illuminates his soul." As for Aziz Dhamani photographer from Bangladesh, he turns his lens to the magic of nature. These are unusual shots that leave reflected a game of shadow and light. It starts: "As an artist, I think we should not compartmentalize us into a rigid idea of ​​religion. The world is a living space where humanity can evolve in diversity. All religions covet the same purpose. "This exhibition is a hand extended to all faiths to celebrate Canada's diversity. This is a community movement where all cultures can meet and reconcile their thoughts. It is with passion that lies deep within the human being that progress can be made.
E xposure
C hange: Contemporary
Ismaili Muslim Art
Until August 9
Surrey Art Gallery
www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1564.aspx



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L’art contemporain ismaélien s’expose


Sunset in Rajasthan, par Aziz Dhamani.| Photo par Aziz Dhamani
Sunset in Rajasthan, par Aziz Dhamani.| Photo par Aziz Dhamani
Un collectif d’artistes musulmans contemporains lève le voile sur la foi ismaélienne par le biais d’une exposition à la Surrey Arts Gallery. Jusqu’au 9 août, le public est convié à une pérégrination spirituelle sur le thème « Change ». On y découvre les mille et une facettes d’un Islam humaniste qui prône l’unité dans le paysage multiculturel du Canada.
L’exposition qui présente des œuvres des membres britannico-colombiens du collectif Ismaili Arts Canada démystifie le concept populaire du « Qi’yamat » ou de fin du monde. Le changement se définit comme la résurrection de l’homme par une nouvelle vision du monde. Yasmin Karim, coordonnatrice de l’exposition et artiste, explique que l’idée de cet événement est née d’un triste constat sur le monde actuel, où le progrès de la science est dépassé par les guerres et les conflits.
Ha Mim, par Yasmin Karim.| Illustration par Yasmin Karim
Ha Mim, par Yasmin Karim.| Illustration par Yasmin Karim
L’ismaélisme, un courant minoritaire de l’islam chiite apparu au IIe siècle de l’Hégire (VIIIe siècle), est dirigé par un chef spirituel : son Altesse, l’Aga Khan, 49e imam dans la lignée directe du prophète Mohamed. L’ismaélisme est présent dans 25 pays et compte environ 15 000 adeptes en Colombie Britannique, le nombre le plus important après l’Ontario. Le noyau de cette école de pensée réside dans la quête de la connaissance et du droit chemin par l’étude de la philosophie. Le culte de l’ismaélisme, qui prône la transformation intérieure par la pratique du zikr, soit la méditation, vise à se rapprocher de la voie divine en franchissant les paliers de l’évolution.
L’alchimie des formes et des couleurs
En franchissant le seuil de la galerie, l’œuvre abstraite de Taslim Samji, Falling Star, invite à un voyage méditatif au plus profond de soi. À côté, les crayonnages de Jalal Gilani contrastent. L’artiste vient composer avec un nouveau style et dépeint les visages et les formes de la femme, symbole de la survie. Les œuvres se succèdent dans un agencement qui favorise une réflexion soutenue. À quelques mètres, les toiles d’Alia Noormohamed, artiste peintre canadienne de souche kenyane, attirent par leurs formats généreux. Elles accrochent le regard par le bouillonnement d’émotions qui s’en dégage. La juxtaposition dans la mosaïque de couleurs est osée. La dichotomie entre les tableaux est troublante. L’artiste sollicite une conversation avec « le Dieu suprême ». Tantôt, elle dessine le portrait de l’éclosion de la beauté après les tourments du Qi’yamat (la transition entre les deux mondes) par le bleu clair de l’océan, symbolisant le calme, tantôt elle s’interroge sur le chemin du retour de l’âme vers la source. Ce sont des moments de doute, des zones d’ombre dans l’existence humaine. Elle se confie : « L’ismaélisme s’enrichit d’expressions d’intentions. Ainsi, le zikr ou la méditation y est inhérente. J’ai choisi l’art pour communiquer avec Dieu et exprimer ma gratitude envers l’humanité. »
Crab Fishing in Dar-es-Salaam Beach, par Sher Nasser.| Illustration par Sher Nasser
Crab Fishing in Dar-es-Salaam Beach, par Sher Nasser.| Illustration par Sher Nasser
Chaque artiste reflète à sa façon sa vision d’un islam qui se veut humaniste. Sher Nasser, originaire de Zanzibar, dépeint à la fois la savane de l’Afrique de l’est, le monde des animaux, la tribu des Masaï et l’océan. L’artiste déclare que l’ismaélisme est loin d’être un courant ésotérique. Il relève d’une école de pensée qui conjugue la vie de tous les jours à la pensée divine. Elle poursuit : « Le Coran nous apprend que nous pouvons apprendre du plus petit insecte. Tout un verset y est consacré d’ailleurs. Quand je suis inspirée par un sujet, cela cogite en mon for intérieur et resurgit comme une réverbération sur mes toiles, telle une prière de communion. Le respect, l’humilité et la grandeur de l’âme sont autant de valeurs inhérentes à la foi ismaélienne. »

Les véritables fondations de la vie spirituelle

En effet, l’humilité revient souvent dans la thématique de l’exposition. Au beau milieu de la salle, Azmina Kassam rend hommage à son Altesse l’Aga Khan, en exposant un fusain d’une femme tenant une écuelle de mendiant. Les rides de son visage sont marquées mais elle est reste robuste et humble car « la lumière universelle éclaire son âme ». Quant à Aziz Dhamani, photographe originaire du Bangladesh, il braque son objectif sur la magie de la nature. Ce sont des clichés insolites qui laissent transparaître un jeu d’ombre et de lumière. Il lance : « En tant qu’artiste, je pense que nous ne devons pas nous cloisonner dans une idée rigide de la religion. Le monde est un espace vivant où l’humanité peut évoluer dans la diversité. Tous les cultes convoitent le même but. » Cette exposition n’est qu’une main tendue vers toutes les croyances, afin de célébrer ensemble la diversité du Canada. C’est un geste communautaire où toutes les cultures peuvent se retrouver et concilier leurs pensées. C’est avec la passion qui réside au plus profond de l’être humain que le progrès peut se faire.
Exposition
Change: Contemporary
Ismaili Muslim Art

Jusqu’au 9 août
Surrey Arts Gallery
www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1564.aspx



Friday, February 10, 2012

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Beautiful Spice Island of Zanzibar... where I come from. The delicious food cooked in coconut milk, the tropical climate, the feeling of the salty air, the sense of exotic...the spices it was know for... cloves! Ahead of it's time and a major strategic trading island in the Indian Ocean, it is known for it's splendor and beauty. Posted by Amyn Nasser

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Born on the spice island of Zanzibar, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sher Nasser spent her formative years around the beautiful coastlines of East Africa. Inspired by the gorgeous vistas surrounding her, Sher's interest in drawing started early, however, it was not until many years later, and having moved to Canada, that Sher discovered the joyful world of painting.

"When I first arrived in Canada I was immediately fascinated with the effects of light and shadow that the September sun was creating. I am gifted with a strong love of nature and seeing the wonderful variety of colors that each season brings, I felt a strong inspiration to try and capture those radiant colors on my canvas".

Excelling in floral watercolors, Sher also creates breathtaking landscapes, still-lives and life-like portraits in a variety of media.

Living in British Columbia, Sher is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Port Moody Arts Association and the Art Focus Group.

A proud supporter of many charities, Sher is always happy to donate her paintings and time to worthy causes.

For commissions, to purchase or view other works please contact Sher by email at sher@shernasser.com 

Thank you so much.

Sher Nasser


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Website Updated

New Africa Pictures posted. It was hard work as I have never before painted any animals, but I am happy with the result --what do you think?

My Upcoming Show: I Dream of Africa

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We invite you, with your friends and family, to attend the Opening Reception of our show “I Dream of Africa” on Sunday September 20th, from 2 – 4 p.m. We are excited to have as a guest, Dr. Eni who is from Nigeria, and is known internationally for his work on health in Africa. His bio includes many other achievements, too numerous to list here. Amongst other events, we will also have performances by African drummers.

“I Dream of Africa” Visual Art ExhibitionOpening Reception: Sunday, September 20th 2 – 4 pm Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port CoquitlamSeptember 17 – November 15Free Admission. Open daily except statutory holidays.Presentations, travelogues, and artist demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 pm until November 15. Please join local artists at Leigh Square Community Arts Village on Sunday, September 20th at the opening celebration of I Dream of Africa, a two month art exhibit celebrating an incredible continent. It will feature work in all media including photography, painting, and sculpture by Arlene Connolly, Colin Craig, Joyce Gillespie, Carolyn Hansen, Sherrill Hardy, Eunice Hodge, Sher Nasser, Maria Palotas, Julie Roberts, Mirriam Silamba, and Rae Yano. Guest musicians, speakers and writers will join them in creating a memorable celebration. People dream of places they have been and places they would like to go; some actually get to travel, while others can only dream. Presentations, travelogues, and artist demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm – 4 pm until November 15. Highlights include: South Africa presentation on Sept. 26, Oct. 25. On Nov. 1 Neysa Finnie will speak of her experiences leading volunteer vacations in Africa; Talk on African art by Anthony Ezeaputa on Oct. 11; Poetry inspired by Africa on Nov. 7. For more information, please contact Parm Johal, Recreation Programmer, at Leigh Square Arts Village at 604.927.8441 or johalp@portcoquitlam.ca