"Muslims in America"
is a project I began in 2010. I responded to a call from San Francisco poet Beau
Beausoleil who began the Al-Mutannabi Street Project, an international
project of artists' books that now has over 270 artists and is traveling around the
world. I photographed a Muslim friend, asking her about how she feels about her
identity, and used her quote: "I get tired of defending my faith" in both English and
Arabic in this small (8" x 8" closed) book.
|I felt compelled to make more work on this topic. I made a 10-page
double-sided accordion book of lithographs, including prints from photos
taken around the World Trade Center site, and then interviewed and
photographed several more Muslim Americans, making more books.
|"Muslim in America (Farooq)" is a six-page double-sided accordion book,
each page 11 x 11"
|"Muslim in America (Maliha)" uses lithographs and transfer prints on different-sized pages. The
book is 15" x 11" closed, and opens to 15" x 39"