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Unleash Your Inner Artist at the Aga Khan Museum


Unleash Your Inner Artist at the Aga Khan Museum

Date: Feb 2 - 27, 2019
Price: Free

This February the Aga Khan Museum is your personal art studio. Let your inner artist come out and express what love means to you. What complex or compelling narrative defines your interpretation of love? What poignant moment in your life can become a visually arresting canvas? What collection of words convey love most powerful? How would you draw or put it into words if a stranger asked you to tell your story? Use the materials in the Museum Atrium to express your creativity and display it for all to see. All works will be displayed in the Atrium until February 27 and selected pieces shared on social media.


Don’t miss Interwoven, a conceptual, narrative-based performance installation that aims to connect people inclusively through the medium of Gabbeh – a tribal woven rug specific to the nomads of Iran. During this installation you can interact with the artist and allow your own narrative to be expressed through colour in the weaving process. This free installation can be seen in the Bellerive Room from February 18 – March 8.

On Sunday, February 17 at 3pm, step inside our auditorium and enjoy a free screening of "Life Itself," a multigenerational saga about the surprising turns of love and loss.

On Wednesday February 27, at 7pm, our "Unleash Your Inner Artist" month comes to a close with a very special open mic night hosted by Khalid Esmail (poet/spoken word artist) and Afraaz Mulji (pianist/musician, a.k.a. Maestro Mi). 

You’re invited to take the stage and share a piece — poetry, spoken word, instrumental music, or song — that reflects on the question: What is Love?

The event will be hosted by Khalid Esmail (poet/spoken word artist) & Afraaz Mulji (pianist/musician, a.k.a. Maestro Mi).



Hajar Moradi, Interwoven Artist
Hajar’s work has been focused on identity, sexuality, femininity, and introspection. After immigrating to Canada, in a quest to re-find her identity, she discovered an urge to share her story and hear the stories of others. As a multidisciplinary artist, she is fascinated not only by the story itself but also by the challenge of finding the best suitable medium to tell that story. In this sensitive time when it seems the rhetoric of hate and fear are rising, Hajar is hoping to spread the message of inclusivity and the beauty of diversity through this installation.


Sanam Samanian, Interwoven Curator
As a futurist curator Sanam has focused on developing exhibitions that present positive changes. She collaborates with artists, architects, and designers to propose new ideas and concepts. In her practice narratives have played a significant role. She believes they resonate with all and carry the potential to effectively change the evolutionary course of civilizations. Interwoven narrates the story of a feminine tribal practice at a juncture in time that needs it most. It enlivens the poetic, intricate act of weaving stories, inviting contemporary audiences to become parts of that narrative with their own, and, in doing so, exhibits the beauty of interconnectivity and inclusivity.


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