• Artists: Shereen Ladha, Rahim Bhimani, Anil Mohabir
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Don Mills

This installation combines built environment, light and movement to reconcile practicing spirituality in the Western world and defining a modern Canadian Islamic identity.

Location

Aga Khan Museum

  • Address: 77 Wynford Dr.
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

“Tawazun | Balance” is motivated by the artists’ experiences of being born in Canada and identifying as members of the Islamic (Ismaili) faith. There is a sense of duality when living in the fluid, ever-changing, fast-paced Western world while practicing a religion that is largely bound by structure. “Tawazun | Balance” will reflect on the reconciliation of two seemingly opposing narratives—a reconciliation only possible, in this case, through art. The piece will be interactive and ever-changing, playing on shapes that are created through geometric structures inherent in Islamic design and architecture. Its forms will also be influenced by classical dance, which showcases the fluidity that can exist within a rigid structure. Despite best efforts, the free shuttle bus between Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Aga Khan Museum and Coxwell Station is no longer operating. All-night TTC services are available on Line 1, 2 and 3, helping audience explore the event.

The Artists

Shereen Ladha is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and YouTube creator. Rahim Bhimani is a director of design and user research, and an industrial/product designer. Anil Mohabir is a director and creative technologist.

Acknowledgements

The artists would like to thank all their generous donors for making this project possible.