Women’s work, the often unseen, unacknowledged but foundational practices of the everyday and ritual. In times of both grief and celebration, women’s work often doubles. During this evening, everyone is welcome to witness creative processes of women’s work in a space held by three artist collaborations through weaving, craft and breadmaking. At sunset we will gather in solidarity and resistance to break the day’s Ramadan fast with a light Iftar together. Everyone is welcome!
5:30-7.15: The labour of love is shown in a multitude of ways. Em and Jess invite the community to join us in a weaving workshop where participants will create wearable jewellery while sharing stories about the women who inspire and shape their lives. Weaving is a cultural practice in many First Nations communities that is about women coming together, storytelling and care. Learn more about Aboriginal cultures and gain a new skill while we weave love, connection and respect through beautiful crafts.
6:00: 7.30pm Ngabuburit is an Indonesian verb that describes the intentional passing of time before the breaking of fast during the holy month of Ramadan. In the spirit of ngabuburit, An.Other Collective invites the community to join us as we pass through the last hours of our fasting day by exploring a constellation of craft activities involving henna, jewellery making and collaging. To ngabuburit means to bring to the forefront the exchange of cultural practices that can be a catalyst to new forms of transcultural coexistence, connection and observation.
7:15-8pm: ‘Anjelo and Butter is an invitation to join us at the Iftar table, breaking the Ramadan fast over a cup of tea and bread, the foundational food of everyday life. Making 'Anjelo is domestic, artistic and ancestral Somali practice. ‘Anjelo and Butter celebrates the essential staple, the sustaining life force that is universally relatable, the smell, the warmth, the taste, the comfort.
We acknowledge the painful reality that we in the diaspora are sharing 'Anjelo, whilst there is severe starvation in the lands of Somalia and Palestine.
Free: All are welcome. Registrations Required. Limited quantities of ‘Anjelo and stuffed dates will be available on the day. Please also note we will only be serving food and eating together after sunset. Prayer rooms will be accessible during the evening.
The Labour of Love: Emily Lienert (Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung) and Jessica Tobin (Darug) are long-time collaborators, pairing up again as a Blak + Deadly duo. Both strong in their feminine energy and empowerment, Em and Jess’ partnership is underpinned by this. They continue to explore their relative connections to Country and dedication to activism through their art, as singular and partnered artists.
An.Other Collective is a community of Muslim female makers, artists, and designers spanning from Sydney and Melbourne. Through the collective’s interdisciplinary blend of curatorial strategies and artistic expression it aims to gather and weave diverse perspectives to dissolve colonial barriers and reductive misconceptions on matters associated with faith, politics, identity, art and culture.
Team 'Anjelo and Butter for this IWD gathering is Idil and Kamil Abdullahi with Alissar Chidiac. They have been closely connected through several generations of community arts activities in Western Sydney, over the years bringing together their practices and passions in major projects in Auburn and Casula, and more recently with Arab Theatre Studio's Open Dar
Image credit: Wasielah Noor