10 Accounts to Follow for Ramadan

By: Abbas Mohamed

As Ramadan greets us this year, we pray that it greets us all in a state of spiritual preparation and excitement to grow in ways that bring us closer to our Creator! A very blessed Ramadan Mubarak from all of us at GAMA to you! To help festively maximize the […]

May 16, 2018

Interview With Qais Essar

By: Abbas Mohamed

I recently received the distinct pleasure of connecting with Qais Essar, a musician whose musical talents transcend mere entertainment and present him in the realm of spiritual devotion. We explore a range of topics from his musical career to his creative process and Tawhid. I hope that you enjoy reading […]

May 9, 2018

Climate Change: Can Artists Make Any Difference?

By: Sarah Tabassum

Remember Wall-E? That waste-collector little robot left on the Earth alone? “WALL-E” is short for “Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class” who spends his days tidying up the planet while the earth was left behind by the humankind due to the ineligible living conditions. Though it is just an animated science-fiction […]

May 2, 2018

“The Judge” Film Review

By: Amani Hamed

“Indeed Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due, and when you judge between people to judge with justice.” (Quran, Surat an-Nisa, “The Women,” 4:58) Kholoud Al-Faqih could be a stand-in for any other Palestinian aunt. She walks with a bit of a shuffle as she enters […]

April 25, 2018

Islamic Music As An Evocative Object

By: Amina Khan

For my Intro to Technoculture class at university, evocative objects have been a consistent theme which has sparked all kinds of discussions (some very heated). In debating on the subject, this one central idea has sparked differing perspectives and provided with me the ability to be more open-minded when discussing […]

March 28, 2018

Politics in Art

By: Amina Khan

Politics can be applied to everything as long as a conversation is able to be sparked by it. Under my own understanding of what politics means, which underlines the ability to debate on a matter, my loved object has the extreme ability to be political. It is, after all, a […]

March 14, 2018

Art As My Coping Skill

By: Asma Uz-Zaman

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, one of the key steps in maintaining positive mental health and well-being is developing coping skills. Many things can fall under coping methods, but the most important part is picking the one that makes you feel happy and safe and […]

February 28, 2018

Don’t Apologize for Promoting Human Rights

By: Amina Khan

Recent news has epitomized and critiqued a hijabi woman who stepped down from a major brand in the beauty industry. All because of past tweets criticizing Israel. She stated her regret for comments on the war in Gaza and how these tweets were hurtful and upsetting, but to whom? To […]

February 15, 2018

Art, Truth, and Self-Discovery

By: Sarah Tabassum

  “Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth.” said one of the most famous artists of all time, Pablo Picasso. Yes, art is not as simple as it is seen. An array of color on a piece of paper or rock possesses a […]

February 7, 2018

Nostalgia: The Sacred Movement of Art

By: Ali Hussain

I gaze at particular arrangements of colors in my memory; visual symphonies that encompass in their universalism the life of almost every painting. These specific meetings of the palette’s confidantes allow me to serenade my eager self through the alleyways of imagination to memories of ancient places and antique personas […]

January 31, 2018

Art Day with Mohammad Iqbal

By: Abbas Mohamed

I don’t consider myself an artist…or at least, I didn’t until very recently. You see, I have been writing poetry since I was 12, dropped out of high school to go to college at 15, and have been performing and speaking publicly since around that same time. I always considered […]

January 24, 2018

The Spiritual Potential of Art

By: Daniel Nelson

[I wish to discuss the spiritual power and ramifications inherent to visual art, and by extension, the responsibility held by those who create it.  I reflect on two examples from my own experience which includes two of the most widely known masterworks over the last 500 years and how these […]

January 17, 2018

How Should I Commission My Artwork?

By: Amina Khan

What’s the most reasonable way to price your artwork?   If you’re an artist seeking to start commissions, pricing artwork becomes a heady task. The number one factor in pricing your artwork is to be fair to both yourself and whomever you wish to sell to. Get accustomed to understanding […]

January 11, 2018

Skill Versus Talent + Creativity

By: Amina Khan

     Debunking the misconception that skill coincides with talent relies on understanding the difference between both. One can develop the skills needed to be associated with talent. You could also tie in the argument that being talented does not mean one is creative.      This doesn’t entirely demolish […]

January 3, 2018

5 Different Brands of Muslim

By: Arva Syed

﷽ “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” (Verse 49:13) Muslims fulfill roughly a quarter of the world’s population and covers a diverse range of countries. I have started this portrait series to shed […]

December 28, 2017