Kweerz Maro Min Hona (Queers Were Here): A Muslim Visibility Project
Tessera Arts Collective, 2568 Frankford Ave
Opens April 6
Kweerz Maro Min Hona (Queers Were Here): A Muslim Visibility Project aims to give representation to LGBTQ+ Muslims and to spark dialogue about the complexities of our experiences. Centered around the stories of queer, trans, and GNC Muslims, it will be displayed as a mixed media portrait exhibition in the Tessera Arts Collective gallery. The opening night of the exhibit will feature a panel and Q&A with LGBTQ+ Philly Muslims as well as a performance by a local queer Muslim poet.
Ya Shoosh (ACG '18) aka Shereen Masoud-Jointe is a Bay Area raised, queer Arab Muslim educator and visual artist based in Philadelphia. She has taught courses at Temple University on race, religion, and society through a decolonial lens. Shereen's art employs Arabic calligraphy and portraiture to explore identity through the complex intersections of race, gender, religion, and sexuality. Her work critiques hegemonic discourses that erase marginalized Muslim voices, and has been featured in the Arab American National Museum as well as in online publications such as Za'faraan zine and Bigmouth. Shereen holds Masters degrees from UC Berkeley and Temple University in sustainable international development and comparative religion, respectively.