Shaytaani

Shaytaani

Shaytaani is a play on the word shaytan (شطن) in Arabic, which is the Islamic word for devil. Growing up, my parents explained to me that any irresponsible or unholy act was an act of shaytani. A shay-taani (pronounced with more emphasis on the a's) is the female version of shaytan.  These feared words often appear in scary stories told to children and young adults in order to keep them away from trouble, but growing up I've come to learn that shaytan can also mean rebellious, regardless of its form. In an effort to reclaim rebellion, the Shaytaani moniker has allowed me to explore and distort traditional forms of Islamic patterns and typography alongside an ongoing series of short post-it sized journal entries. Since beginning this project, shaytani for me is the act of talking openly about taboo topics, about the "demons" that follow us around, it's freely expressing my faith in Western society and developing a harmonious relationship between myself and the environments I navigate between. This project is ongoing and elements of it developed into the Ya Ukhti! project. It may take on different forms, encompassing whichever mediums I choose to explore over time.

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From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16

From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16

From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16

From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16

From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16

From Mohsen to Moreland, With Love. 19/4/16