Artist to host show, talk on feminism

Event will cover Islamic influence on migration, warfare, borders



Artist Arshia Fatima Haq was selected to speak at the 2020 Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture through a nomination process which took about a year to complete.

The 2020 Jo Hockenhull distinguished visiting artist lecture will host an art installation and give a lecture on non-western feminism March 4 and 5.

Artist Arshia Fatima Haq’s art installation will include video, sound and performance, according to a press release of the event. She will speak about Islamic influence on migration, warfare and borders.

Krista Brand, WSU’s program coordinator for the department of fine arts, said there are two events that will occur. The first event is an art installation and performance. The installation is an open house where visitors can come and go, she said. The installation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 4 at the Fine Arts Gallery 2. 

Brand said the second event will have the artist lecture called “Entering the Psychedelic Islamic State: From Discostan to Sama and the Sonic Ummah.” This will be at 4:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Fine Arts Auditorium 5062. The lecture will be followed by a reception. 

Pamela Thoma, WSU’s associate professor in English, said Haq was chosen through a nomination process. 

Thoma said the main reason Arshia Fatima Haq was chosen is because of her insight into non western feminism. This includes her view on the influence of Islam outside of the stereotypical Western understanding of Islam. 

“It’s important for people to understand global perspectives,” Thoma said. 

She said she hopes people learn something about Islam that is not a stereotypical demonization of the people or religion. 

Brand said the performance and lecture is sponsored by Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Fine Arts, the Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Women*s Center.