Being and Belonging

Being and Belonging
  • Closed
Free with General Admission
July 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024
  • Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery


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.

Join internationally renowned artist Shahzia Sikander for a keynote presentation highlighting her spectacular work and career. Using her classical training in Indo-Persian manuscript painting as a point of departure, her diverse body of work is infused with contemporary South Asian, American, Feminist and Muslim perspectives.

Learn more about the carefully illustrated worlds of celebrated artist Shiva Ahmadi, one of the featured artists in the exhibition Being & Belonging.

How have Western ideas of Eastern cultures influenced images of women from the Islamic world in art? In this digital discussion, artist Sama Alshaibi shares personal and collective stories of movement, migration, resilience, and determination through her recent work.

Why did artist Tayeba Begum Lipi sculpt stilettos and a child’s dress out of stainless-steel razor blades? What feelings do her sculptures evoke in you as a viewer? The questions, insights, and personal responses that were brought up by participants of the ROM’s first Conversation Café were used to inform a video-recorded conversation between ROM curator Fahmida Suleman and Tayeba at the end of the afternoon.

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