Exhibition Detail

Layla Abdul-Jabbar: In the Margins

In the Margins

Layla Abdul-Jabbar

In the Margins is an experimental animation which follows queer and transgender Muslims as they investigate the complex relationships between their gender and faith. This ongoing story of vulnerability, growth, and love creates a temporal quilt that acts as a starting point for many people to recognize and understand Islamic queerness.

I have interviewed four subjects who identify as queer and/or trans and Muslim about their pivotal moments of growth and new understandings of their identities. Through this, I’ve learned about race, ability, and class in addition to gender and its effects on these people’s relationships to faith. Each vignette is created in a different style, mirroring the variances between each person and their relationships to their identities. There is no monolithic queer Muslim experience, and I invite you to consider the value in the vastness of Islamic queerness.

Website: Layla Abdul-Jabbar

On view at Michigan Theater (Screening)

This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.