Being and Belonging

Being and Belonging
  • Now Open
Free with General Admission
July 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024
  • Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery
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To celebrate Canadian Women’s History Month and Islamic History Month, Being and Belonging will be included with General Admission.

Being and Belonging: Contemporary Women Artists from the Islamic World and Beyond is a bold exhibition exploring the defining issues of our time from the perspective of 25 women artists from or connected to the broader Islamic world spanning across West Africa to Southeast Asia or living in diaspora. Deftly interrogating themes of identity, power, sexuality, and home, this exhibition resists simple stereotypes with outstanding artworks from both emerging and well-established artists.

Being and Belonging in the News

Toronto Star: The diverse women of the Islamic world get a show at the ROM 
The Globe and MailAt the ROM, female artists from the Islamic world hunt for metaphors
NUVO - Being and Belonging Opens at the Royal Museum of Ontario

Content Advisory: This exhibition features artworks covering topics as varied as violence, war, persecution, survival, innovation, and joy. A few artworks contain nudity.

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Celebrate the extraordinary work of three unique contemporary artists, Tazeen Qayyum, Sumaira Tazeen, and Reeta Saeed and learn about the impact the renowned National College of Art in Lahore has had on their careers.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 26, 2023, 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm EDT
Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

With additional support from Kaelen Haworth, Jane and Peter Marrone, and the Nixon Charitable Foundation.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Royal Exhibitions Circle