Article about Fatima Killeen in the Al Maghribia newspaper (Morocco)


On International Women’s Day the Al Maghribia newspaper published an article about Fatima while she is travelling in Morocco.Fatima Killeen = International Women's Day - Al Maghribia article

Read the article HERE

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Fatima Killeen exhibiting at Spot les Rencontres Artistiques Exposition de Peinture in Rabat


Fatima is currently in Morocco and exhibiting in Rabat along with 30 other Moroccan artists at the Spot the Encounters Art Painting Exhibition from 19 to 31 March 2013 at the Cultural Complex Agdal, organized by the Association of Visual Arts in Morocco.

Spot les Rencontres Artistiques Exposition de Peinture du 19 au 31 Mars au Complexe Culturel Agdal-Ryad à Rabat organisée par l’Association de lauréats section Arts plastiques au Maroc.

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Video interview with Fatima Killeen – Moroccan artist, painter, printmaker


In 2004 the Canberra Islamic Centre (CIC) produced a government sponsored video about the centre and its members. I was one of three people interviewed to show how the centre interacts with the community. A seven minute excerpt showing footage in my studio and some of my artworks is now available on YouTube. To watch CLICK HERE or view the embedded video below.

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Faith Fashion Fusion – Read Fatima’s Story online


Faith Fashion Fusion

A few weeks ago I was invited to write a few paragraphs about my art and fashion for the Sartorial Stories pages on the Faith Fashion Fusion website. For those who have not been to the Sydney Powerhouse Museum in recent times, the exhibition continues until February 2013.

I hope you enjoy my story and while you are there, have a look at the other stories and spend some time to looking around the rest of the exhibition website.

Read Fatima’s story HERE

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No Added Sugar on the Human Rights in Australia Blog


Human Rights now

Artworks from the Australian Muslim Women (No Added Sugar) exhibition held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Center earlier in the year have been posted on the Right Now – Human Rights in Australia blog.

If you didn’t see the exhibition here is your chance  – CLICK HERE

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Thrity Daily Greetings – Day 30 – Rumiyat: Dreaming of Paradise


Fatima Killeen
Rumiyat: Dreaming of Paradise 2007
Etchings, dry roses, found objects on wood
3 pieces
30cm (L) x 25cm(W) x 10cm(D) each

The world of Rumi is unique. It is a sanctum where religion, status, race or political forces have no influence….. It is a world where humanity is revered and valued in every person. His work is an intimate encounter and an offering of justice, love and peace.

Rumiyat - Dreaming of Paradise - Fatima Killeen - www.fatimakilleen.com

 

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 29 – In the name of Rumi


 

Fatima Killeen
In the name of Rumi 2012
Colour collograph, wood, found Dervish image & objects
54cm x 32cm x 15cm

“When we came to Australia, we brought nothing with us from Iran, but Rumi was always in our thoughts…” Sara expressed this passionately through her work and discussions.

The feather will guide you to a place of a whirling dervish as it takes you through the cathartic journey of writing. In the heart of this drawer a pen rests inside an ink stone in shape of a heart. This heart lies inside the meridian ring…My work remembers the great poet, the messenger of love…Rumi. His message of unlimited tolerance continues to transcend all borders.

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 28 – The Gathering


Fatima Killeen
The gathering 2012
Wheat, henna, acrylic on canvas on table
65cm x 70cm

“The gathering” is the outcome from the final workshop with the Muslim women in Canberra. My idea is nurtured by the gathering of women back home during the harvest season. This time is usually celebrated as women get together to help each other and prepare wheat to make bread for their community.

The hand prints are unified with an Islamic floral motif, the eight corners star; the khatim is the centre piece. It lies underneath the wheat, the most revered grain and the most generous provision in the Muslim world. This work is born straight from the women’s community workshop; it remembers their own stories, input & physical markings.

from No Added Sugar exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – Sydney

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 27 – Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience – Tree detail


Fatima Killeen
Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience 2010 – Tree detail
Etching on paper, found objects on wooden box
70cm x 90cm

Entry in Blake Art Prize 2011 – selected for Directors Cut online

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 26 – Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience


Fatima Killeen
Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience  2010
Etching on paper, found objects on wooden box
70cm x 90cm

Entry in Blake Art Prize 2011 – selected for Directors Cut online

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Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience 2009 - Fatima Killeen - www.fatimakilleen.com

To all pilgrims to the Kaabah in Mecca, ZamZam water is considered the most scared gift to bring from their sacred journey as they perform their rituals around the Kaabah (built by the father of all prophets Abraham – peace be upon him).  They remember Hajar’s steps during her desperate search for water to save her son Ismail. The Kaabah provides a place of peace, unity and equality among people from many cultural backgrounds. Muslims pray towards this sacred site: It is the meeting place for people from around the globe, where feuds and conflicts are put aside as peace prevails.

Hajar’s gifts of water as well as the birth of her son, Ismail, become a symbol of endurance. Her answer to bear a child for Sarah, who was barren, is the ultimate sacrifice. Later on Sarah was to be blessed with having a child of her own as the prophesy came to be granted and despite her advanced age she bore Isaac.

My work celebrates the significant duties that Hajar and Sarah have accomplished   in the name of God and the important roles they have both carried out during the life of Abraham. Hajar’s predicament would not have existed if it wasn’t for Sarah’s predicament. Both women valued the importance of their children Ismail and Isaac. Although Sarah and Hajar have both drifted away from each other, they are still considered the two pivotal branches in the family tree of believers.

On the upper side of my piece I placed a shape of a tree to represent Adam (peace be upon him) and how the three major religions all rise from the same beginning.

In the centre of the work I emphasise in placing the Kaabah structure as a symbol  for a place of peace as it is a duty for all of us to make peace the centre and the goal of our contemporary lives.

In the lower side of my installation box resides a tray holding ritual objects that honour the gift of birth, the gift of the soil (in the shape of roses) and a leather siqqa, as the gift of water.

All would signify the offering of love, peace and water.

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