In a Wednesdays at the Center virtual event, multimedia artist and grassroots educator Alison Kysia shares a socially engaged art project she created called 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. After a prolonged experience of anti-Muslim bigotry, she created a series of 99 pinch pots that represent the 99 names of God in Islam, symbolizing the diversity of all encapsulated in the One. This multimedia art and storytelling project centers stories of Muslim women healing from experiences of bigotry during 9/11 era. The stories are accompanied by visual art, vocal recitation, and poetry, culminating in a website which serves as an online art exhibition, healing resource, publicly accessible learning tool, and historical archive. As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 in September, this project asks us to rethink the call to Never Forget by expanding the possibility of what we choose to remember.
Alison Kysia is a multimedia artist whose work centers Muslims, Islam, and Islamophobia. As a resident artist at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, she is creating a series of artwork about the impacts of the 9/11 era on Muslims and other targeted communities. Previously, Alison was the director of the Challenge Islamophobia Project at Teaching for Change, where she wrote lesson plans and taught them in teacher professional development workshops throughout the country. She has written curricula and facilitated workshops for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Zinn Education Project, Amnesty International, Unity Production Films, Qatar Foundation International, and the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University.
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