An Opening - Muslims In Brooklyn - Brooklyn Historical Society
Date(s) - 09/07/2019 - 06/30/2020
The Brooklyn Historical Society
A sound and art installation drawn from the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories collection.
The lives and work of Muslims in Brooklyn span many ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities; as such, these diverse Brooklynites have both shaped and been shaped by life in Brooklyn.
An Opening, an installation of audio and visual artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, engages with a multiplicity of Muslim experiences in Brooklyn. Eleven large-scale prints by Rasheed are placed in conversation with audio narratives from oral histories drawn from BHS’s recent Muslims in Brooklyn project. The result is an immersive encounter with art and sound that challenges narrow conceptions of Muslim identity and history.
Muslims in Brooklyn is a history and public arts project which amplifies the stories of Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for New York City and the nation. As such, the histories and experiences of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities hold great resonance for national conversations on religious diversity and pluralism.