The Third Muslim Closing Reception & Performance, February 17, 1–4pm

Saba Taj

SOMArts Cultural Center presents The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience co-curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed. The second exhibition in the 2017–2018 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency, this group exhibition centers artists whose identities as queer, trans*, gender non-conforming and Muslim have consistently pushed them to the margins of the margins.

Featuring Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, co-conceived and performed by Wazina Zondon and Terna Hamida, the closing reception and storytelling performance on Saturday, February 17 from 1–4pm will be accompanied by a talkback with audience members subsequent to the performance.

Kiyaan Abadani
Numair Abbasi
Samra Habib
Jamil Hellu
Ayqa Khan
Kaamila Mohamed
Hushidar Mortezaie
Laylatul Qadr
Abdullah Qureshi
Parisa Parnian
Eissa Saeed
Bobuq Sayed
Mohsin Shafi
Saba Taj
Nabeela Vega

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January 25–February 22, 2018
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 25, 6–9pm
The opening night celebration features performances, confirmed readings by local queer Muslim poets and live screen printing. To learn more, visit

Queering Islam: A Conversation
Thursday, February 8, 6–8pm
A panel conversation representing an intergenerational, multi-identity group of community members who have made their own paths as queer Muslims in the realms of faith, fashion, leather and kink, often creating their own meaning and (sub)communities where none existed before. To learn more, visit

Image credit: “Alpha, Delta, Burqa,” by Saba Taj, image courtesy of the artist.