Manifesto بيان Manifeste

Abjad HowseManifesto
We are a group pf mostly Arab artists, immigrants, children of immigrants, and people from elsewhere. Our wish is to integrate without losing our identity. Our Mission is to inspire and promote through arts diversity and inclusion while still maintaining what makes us unique.

 

We are a creative collective that comes together on a weekly basis to create. We value differences, diversity, change, and any kind of expression. We welcome new ideas and we are open to experiment and explore them.\We would like to be a channel through which we share/educate the community about present topics/situations that are oppressive.

 

Because there is only one race, the human race.
Because we are all good, we are all bad.
Because we are all in a never-ending quest for pleasure.
Because we fear what we don’t know.
Because we have what we don’t need. Because we change, and we evolve.
Because we have the gifts of anger and empathy.
Because we feel alive when in pain.
Because we have poisons and we have needs.
Because we have a power to create
Because we have a power to love or hate
We will build with our joy, our pain, our rage, our gains and losses, an open wall to listen in.

 

    I am still looking

  • To live a safe place, to be accepted and to accept the other no matter.
  • To be the person I want to be, and help the other to find his true self.
  • To live the present but I am drawn to the past.
  • To be honest with my mother and father, and neighbors, and family.
  • To say what II want to say. To talk freely and to listen to others.
  • To be kind, because I am selfish.
  • To keep my identity and have a voice, and help to represent because we are not doing it.. Give voice.
  • To walk against the other.
  • To share what I have because we are shy.
  • To create, to change, and to have a trace.

 

AbjadHowse is a collective of Arab artists living or visiting Montreal. Each artist suggests his/her own idea/ideology for the “Howse” to come out with art that is the product of all. Ultimately, it is a message from one expressed by all.

 

A messy, disruptive, and safe space to perform our individual and collective identities in all their complexities. Explore creating (doing) as a way of knowledge. Experiment with collaborations as a way to create and converse. Inspired by our personal, lived experiences/storytelling.
Alternative modes of expressing ourselves (textual, visual, performative, etc…) Be critical or interrogate topics. Reflect. We require every artwork to be true to the audience and to not fall in the trap of pretension. We encourage disruptive artwork.Art doesn’t recognize frontiers. It can be found everywhere, it burgeons in the mind of the talented artist who takes it to real life. Art Should be created to impact, to express emotions and feelings. Make a change and show social injustice, talk about racism, revolution, industry, justice, liberty, Freedom of expression, love, acceptance. Art is who you are (I am) it is what defines me as a person. We are all artists in a way, we refine a craft/a passion, a know-how, and put it to real life. Art should push limits, defy rules, tackle taboos and subjects and be used for awareness. We all fell from the same tree, we are all different that is what is special about being human. Art is connecting at a human level. It is part of how we communicate

 

Inclusive, outreach, cooperative, free expressive spirit, multidisciplinary.

 

We are a collective of Arab artists with the mission to raise critical consciousness and build communities that promote social justice. We use arts in its diversity to imagine a different world that nurtures acceptance, tolerance, respect, and freedom. We are non-structural, inclusive, multidisciplinary, and un-apologetically socialist. Our aim is to develop social agency that interrupt the status quo and alter oppressive practices. We work in a framework anchored in critical pedagogy which integrates with the diverse and multitude complementary pedagogies. We reach out to anyone who believes in what we stand for to collaborate, experiment, and co-create a space that represents our voices and ever-changing identities.

 

We are an Arab collective. We want to make a change and spread awareness. We are looking for Artistic Collaborations with Arabs and other communities we want to spread Arab culture and heritage. We are all refugees, who are looking for adaptation and integration
As artists we want to walk against the currents and defy ideology, talk about taboo and things that unite us. Express, create and transfer ideas into something meaningful etc….

 

Join us!