At this roaming Montreal gallery, artists share their personal stories of what it means to be Muslim
Silk Road Institute creates a space for Muslims to break stereotypes and build understanding using art
Some of the work produced by the artists of Montreal's Silk Road Institute is meditative, some of it lighthearted — but all of it is a respectful examination of Muslim culture from the inside. And it shows that the experiences of Muslim artists are individual and personal and often include stories that are left out of the narrative of what it means to be Canadian.
Silk Road Institute exists as a place for Muslim artists to tell their stories and talk about their identity through music, calligraphy or even simple conversations. Mohamed Shaheen founded the Institute as a cultural organization that would offer a platform for Muslim artists to share their work. The Institute hosts a range of events throughout the year at different locations in Montreal that includes book clubs, photography workshops and musical events. All of this is done with the goal of creating a space for Muslim artists in Montreal to discuss art and culture while they break stereotypes and build understanding.
In this video, you'll meet a few of the Silk Road Institute's artists and find out why Shaheen felt it was so important to create a Muslim artistic hub.
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