Last month I was incredibly honored to MC the book-launch for من فمي / Min Fami – Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance at Toronto’s lovely Beit Zeytoun. The room was filled with warmth not just from the balmy weather (finally!), but also from the attendance and energy of the panel, publishers, audience, and of course editors that made this book a reality: Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa.
In an increasingly connected globe, Min Fami – or “from my mouth” in Arabic (read: “in my own words” ) explores some of the issues facing young women navigating their lives between the notions and landscapes of “Arab” and “West”. It is a powerful anthology, showcasing art, poetry and prose, that offers just a glimpse of the lives, challenges, complexities, emotions, and successes of the contributors.
I was thrilled some months back when Ghaida and Ghadeer brought me on to develop the cover for the book, knowing I could relate very much to the process of examining these questions of identity, resistence, and self-defense from a creative and visual perspective. Seeing the final result being flipped through and handled by human hands made the Toronto launch all the more exciting for all of us. I think any creative person can relate: it is always exhilarating to see ideas and pixels go to print!
من فمي / Min Fami offers up a complex and rich tapestry of musings and expressions by women not afraid to tackle issues of identity politics, language, heritage with boldness and creative intellect. Click here for more information on Min Fami and to support the work of inspiring and globally minded producers of creative content.
Click here to visit Caro Ibrahim’s beautiful photography of the event!
Until the next one!