Muslim women showcase their art in Sydney

An art exhibition showing in western Sydney aims to reflect the different facets of being a Muslim woman.

An exhibition showcasing the works of female Muslim artists from across Australia was launched last week in Sydney, reports SBS' Farid Farid.

Titled 'No Added Sugar', the project has been several years in the making, and touches upon controversial issues such as skin whitening among Somali women.

To create their works, the artists collaborated in a series of story-telling workshops organised by the exhibition's creative producer Alissar Chidiac and curator Rusaila Bazlamit.

The workshops produced stories across diverse themes such as migration, war, fashion and religion, and inspired artworks in an array of mediums, including painting, etchings, sculptures, jewellery and multimedia video clips.

A Sydney Writers' Festival event will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring a panel of Muslim women writers exploring their processes of writing and working beyond commonly held stereotypes about their communities.

SBS spoke to Mrs Bazlamit and artists Eugenia Flynn, Idil Abdullahi and Reeham Hakem about the project.

'No Added Sugar' is on at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre until July 12.

Source: SBS