Shereen makes art both as an act of self care and out of love for people of color and all oppressed peoples. What began as a way to practice healing through ink calligra-therapy, has become a medium to explore the meaning of revolutionary love and to engage with community around the themes of self love, justice, and solidarity/cross-community building using mixed media.
Shereen Masoud is a Philadelphia-based Egyptian artist from the Bay Area. Her work combines traditional Arabic calligraphy with portraiture, politics, and music. She is also pursuing her PhD at Temple University, focusing on Islamophobia and Muslim American resistance.
what is revolutionary love?
to me, it is at once the most selfless and selfish kind of love. found both in the struggle and in the silence. in the care of a mother or father or grandparent. in the single beating heart of the masses. marching for freedom. in prayer. between two people that have promised to keep each other soft in a world that wants to harden them. then see them break. it is the root of resistance.
to me, revolutionary love is self-love. the most powerful thing a person can do. is to see their own beauty. and to use it to show others, theirs.
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