Fatima Killeen's striking work uses traditional Islamic art styles to address contemporary injustices against Muslim women who have been affected by the War on Terror.
My work explores how Muslim women have been affected by the so-called “War on Terror,” the invasion of their homeland, and the isolating political changes, all of which deny them the right to live in peace.
My work also explores how the media in Australia (following the invasion of Iraq) shifted their focus to women wearing the Hijab. Every new story about unemployment, domestic violence, immigration, war, and terrorism now features footage of Muslim women wearing scarves. The same video is often televised to serve several stories about different topics.
The mainstream media seems to be on a dirt- digging mission to reinforce the political need to invade and engage in an unjustified war. Politicians and the media falsify information, generating a script based on worst-case stereotypes, and then promote "legitimized" opinions based on convenience.
The fusion of my heritage as a Moroccan/Australian artist conveys the beauty and mystery of the Islamic culture. An in-depth inspection of my work reveals the underlying moral questions. Most of the works I produce are comments about political turmoil in places of conflict like Palestine, Afghanistan or Iraq. My works also extend to the refugee crises in North Africa and refugee detention policies in Australia. I use the beauty of Islamic art forms to extrapolate a hidden message of despair. Often the work reveals the underlying moral questions about the state of refugees, asylum seekers, and multiculturalism versus the hostility and confrontation that usually occurs in the wider community where “stop the boats” is the hard line policy of the newly elected Australian government.