GEN Y’S ISLAM EXPERIENCE
GROWING up a Muslim in a post 9/11 Australia, Victoria Park resident Hamida Novakovich noticed a gap was forming in society.
Novakovich realised Muslims were being called on to represent the collective group, as opposed to being viewed as individuals.
It was this realisation that ignited the 30year-old’s need to curate an art exhibition that showed there was more than one Muslim experience.
“There’s no doubt that 9/11 represented a turning point in the way Islam and Muslims were viewed in the world,” she said.
“And for my generation, it was a lot to come to terms with at once.
“With this exhibition we want to present stories from young Muslims whose identities are constantly unfolding, just like our Gen Y peers.
“There isn’t just one Muslim experience, and this exhibition aims to make that point.”
The exhibition- titled HERE&NOW/GEN YM investigates the creative responses of nine contemporary artists whose works are tied together by experiences of growing up Muslim in Australia.
The exhibition spans across two galleries with 45 works.
“Any art that comes under the category of Islamic art seems to be great overshadowed by post 9/11,” Novakovich said.
“So we’re trying to use art to build bridges and get away from this idea of ‘us and them’.”
The exhibition will be open until late July and Novakovich said she was looking forward to audience response.
“My intention was to curate the exhibit as well as I could and do things that are really true to me,” she said.
“Whether it has an outcome that ignites change is up to the audience, depending on what they take away from it.”
Curator Hamida Novakovich with Practical Magic by Abdul Abdullah.