Author: Aisha Mohsin

Best Energy Project win for Ali Asghar Ali

Ali Asghar Ali, a medical science student at Macquarie University while embarking on his research career has already received recognition within Australia as well as overseas. This has been made possible by Ali securing numerous internship opportunities including a six month long  Macquarie Undergraduate Research Internship (MURI)  which provided students with the chance to try their hand in research and then later joining and co-leading an iGEM team delegation to an international competition in Boston, USA. Ali  was invited to present his MURI project and his team’s iGEM research at the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) held 27-28 September 2017 at the University of Adelaide, for...

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Perth Art Exhibition memorialises ‘Partition’

An art exhibition in Perth, Western Australia, has opened doors for the community to take a fresh look at the psychological trauma that had resulted from the traumatic division of the subcontinent, by confronting historically contested narratives. The exhibition named, “I Don’t Want to be There When it Happens” is organised in tribute to the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) from 11 November – 24 December 2017. The largest known human exodus happened from the split off of Pakistan from the former British Indian Empire in 1947....

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Telling Stories Pictorially: Art of paper cutting

There’s no denying that the word ‘paper-cut’ makes us all feel slightly uncomfortable but pair the word with the artist Tusif Ahmad, and you are bound to be amazed by his impossibly detailed and intricately carved Islamic art. Born and bred in Pakistan, Tusif is a Software Developer by profession and a self-made paper cutting artist, now based in Perth, Australia. “Back in the day as a young child, I was into art and used pen & ink to sketch in the humble medium of paper. My art work is inspired by Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, a world renowned Pakistani...

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“The Big Anxiety” showcased in Auburn and Fairfield

The University of New South Wales has introduced a novel social project that brings together the artists, designers, technical innovators, psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health experts to create a cultural festival on a massive scale – one that addresses mental health as a collective, social responsibility.  The initiative “The Big Anxiety- We Are All Affected” as the name suggests, prioritises issues targeting to address anxiety within and around Australian Muslim communities by invoking difficult conversations, exerting art’s capacity to build connections through empathy and collaboratively channelling the societal behaviour to stop the continuation of stress and strains of everyday life. The project is being showcased in the form of an exhibition from 21 September to 11 November 2017 open from 10am to 4pm at the Auburn Peacock Gallery as well as at the Fairfield Gallery and Museum. Amidst photography, video installation, sculpture, ceramics and interactive media, a series of workshops are being staged. The quality of a society is largely determined by how much importance the society places on the arts. Keeping in mind the educationally critical, socially essential & aesthetically pleasurable benefits art brings to any society, we all need to work together to contribute to our values reflected through diverse expressions of arts & culture. Given below are two thoughtful reflections of two of the Australian Muslim artists featured at the exhibition. “We Are All Affected was the...

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Backpacker Medics – Restoring Faith in Humanity

The world these days has seemingly descended into gloominess and endless suffering. With each flicker of a news channels, the stories of how humanity is in chaos batters away at our faith in humanity. As I sit in the comfort of my home writing these words, there are hundreds of Rohingya people in Myanmar getting killed. What could be more tragic than to witness everything you ever loved being blown out? That the violence has been going on for a while with no stops to the flow of refugees makes us wonder when will we get our act together...

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