Sisters in Islam Fundraising Exhibition Explores Notions of ‘Halal’ and ‘Haram’ through Art

KUALA LUMPUR — Following the success of last year’s art exhibition, Sisters in Islam are back with its second SISArt series, this time exploring two concepts under Islamic jurisprudence, halal and haram.

Themed Halal Haram, the fundraising exhibition features 26 artists and 44 works of arts, all of which interpret the vast notions that govern what is permissible and what is not.

The impressive roster of veteran artists includes big names like Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Yee I-Lann, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir and many more, while emerging talents such as Nia Khalisa, Sophia Kamal and Dinn Diran will also be showcased at Cult Gallery.

Art enthusiasts will appreciate Ramlan Abdullah’s scaled-down ironwork sculpture, marking a departure from his usual imposing black-and-white sculptures and Sharifah Fatimah’s eye-catching fabric collage created from pieces of batik, songket, ikat, cotton, linen and silk.

The latter is a highly sought-after artist whose works are displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and a favourite among collectors around the world.

One of the emerging artists and co-curators of Halal Haram, Hana Zamri, chose to present an artwork focusing on a woman’s body.

She told Malay Mail her observations about what it means to be a young Muslim woman in Malaysia are captured in the mixed media artwork.

“The whole concept of the exhibition is haram and halal so this is me questioning myself about what I’ve noticed in our society in Malaysia, in particular, the fact that people perceive or interpret things based on physicality.

“Everything is judged on a surface level and it doesn’t matter if the issue is about the aurat, what is halal to eat or anything to do with God’s law,” she said at the launch yesterday.

Melanie Chalil


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