SOMArts Social & Queering Islam: A conversation, Thursday, February 8, 5–8pm

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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.

In conjunction with The Third Muslim, the curators will present Queering Islam: A conversation on Thursday, February 8 from 5–8pm. Join us from 5–6 pm for a SOMArts Social happy hour presented in partnership with La Cocina culinary incubator. Enjoy the culinary delights of emerging food entrepreneurs Mama Lamees and El Meson de Violeta and stay for an engaging panel discussion on the many facets of queer Muslim identity!

This panel conversation from 6–8 pm will represent 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, will provide attendees with opportunities to contribute their own narratives of resistance and resilience to the conversation. 

Queering Islam Panelists
Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Ali Mushtaq
Parisa Parnian

Moderated by Faluda Islam

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

Related Events
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

Closing Reception & Performance
Saturday, February 18, 1–4pm
Featuring Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, co-conceived and performed by Wazina Zondon and Terna Hamida, the closing reception and storytelling performance will be accompanied by a talkback with audience members subsequent to the performance. To learn more, visit

Image credit: “Cloak,” by Jamil Hellu, image courtesy of the artist.