Join us to celebrate the launch of Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project comic book written by South Asian young women in Toronto about resiliency in the face of family violence. In partnership with the AGO Youth Council.
Hands on Illustration workshop with Selena Wong 4:00–5:30
Launch and Performances from 5:30–7:00
Showcasing visual art, dance, theatre, and poetry by South Asian women including:
- The IZZAT Collective “A Open Letter” (theatre)
- Kumari (dance)
- Aisha & Fatima (spoken word)
- N. Gitanjali Lena (poetry)
- Rosina Kazi http://lalforest.bandcamp.com/ (music)
- Somya Sigh visual art www.somyasingh.ca (visual art)
- Subtle Vigilance Collective - The Besetting of Reena Virk, a theatrical exploration of the murder of 14 year-old Reena Virk and this crime’s haunting implications about life in our peaceable land. https://www.facebook.com/SubtleVigilance (theatre)
The IZZAT Project: Young South Asian women’s bodies and hearts are often the battleground of patriarchs, media and governments. Tired of our voices being left out of the dialogue about violence in our lives, we formed the IZZAT project. The project uses the word “izzat”, which refers to the honor or reputation of a person, family or institution. We want to challenge the way in which “honor” has been used against women to rationalize control, abuse, violence against us and instead focus on ways we can honour our right to safety. Throughout 2012, we collectively wrote six stories which were illustrated by artist Somya Singh and Selena Wong into a graphic novella, Heartbeats: the IZZAT project.
With thanks to our generous funders: ArtReach Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Pomegranate Tree Group, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto.
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