FMC is a newly established arts organization that seeks to amplify the work of muslim, female identifying artists in the U.K and across the world. 20 year old creative Najwa Umran from London got the idea to launch the non-profit after she put out an open call for muslim female artists on twitter to get in touch with her. This went viral and grossed over 3.5k retweets and 400 applications from 32 countries for her exhibition.
Najwa found that many of these girls that contacted her felt that they were invisible in the art world and the type of work they were creating was not being commissioned or shown much interest in. They now finally find themselves fitting a criteria and it showed how deseperate a need there was for an initiative that solely brought to light the work of muslim and female identifying artists.
The first exhibition for the arts organization is between the 15th - 19th August 2017 and will display the works of 11 artists centred around the themes of sexuality and sisterhood. These artists are ranging in age, and geography; 6 of them are international. Najwa wants this exhibition to open up a discussion and dismantle the stigma around muslim women in terms of art, religion and feminisim. These young women are far from the stereotypes that are placed on them, they are vibrant and powerful.
Up to this point, Najwa has planned and organised everything without any help and has been met with some financial difficulties after not finding funding. The exhibition will showcase all mediums of work ranging from fine art, videography, poetry and illustration. The artists are not limited in their expression and Najwa has encouraged the women to be as bold and free in their work to break taboos of how muslim women should be. For these artists, it isn’t a luxury to share their work to the world but a necessity to have their stories told by their own mouths.
The money raised will fund the exhibition by paying the artists, hiring the venue, and other necessities.
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