Journey to the Mysterious Land of Qaf with Qais Essar

          Fresh off a Canadian Screen Award for his song the The Crown Sleeps for the Angelina Jolie produced film The Breadwinner, Qais Essar brings us his most ambitious and conceptual work to date: The Ghost You Love Most. Similar to previous works, the album reflects Qais’s Afghan-American identity. Essar’s life…

Vulnerability

Abdalla Al Omari’s Vulnerability Series tackles the refugee crisis in a refreshing way that quite frankly hasn’t been done before. We are living in a time where people are frustrated with world leaders for not doing enough. Rather than using this anger to paint our politicians in a negative light, Al Omari tries to appeal…

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians

Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid Series was recently introduced as part of the Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians exhibition. Aliabadi uses exaggerated portraits to show how growing dissatisfaction with government limitations in Iran has led many young citizens to rebel. Although instead of weapons and ammunition, this rebellion involves consumerism, pop culture, and fashion. The…

Salam

Salam and welcome to the site. For those of you who don’t know Artummah was founded in response to decades of negative stereotypes and media portrayals as a way to showcase the contemporary culture of the Middle East and North Africa that is seldomly seen in the United States. The word ‘ummah’, in its original…