Side by Side, A collaboration with Minoosh Zomorodina

Side by Side, A Collaboration with Minoosh Zomorodinia

The Muslim body has become one of the U.S’s most contested spaces, it is a site that is simultaneously shunned, desired, feared, ridiculed, pitied and vilified.

Identifying as a Muslim in public has become a political action, as Muslims in the West we are all aware of our stereotypes: homophobic, misogynistic, violent, or in the case of women, queer and trans Muslims: oppressed. To act as a Muslim is to expose yourself to these assumptions.

What happens then when two Muslims, one queer and the other a woman, pray side by side in the streets of San Francisco? How should people understand us, how should our community digest who we are and with what lens now does American society view us with?

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Union Square, San Francisco, Santa Con, 2016 [Jess Curtis/Gravity]
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Powell Street and Market Street, Trolley Plaza, San Francisco, Santa Con, 2016 [Jess Curtis/Gravity]

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San Francisco Art Institute, Quad, 2014
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San Francisco Art Institute, Quad, 2014

 

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San Francisco, Civic Center, 2015
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San Francisco, Civic Center, 2015
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