About the Author

Nama Khalil is an activist, artist and aspiring academic. Nama received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Nama’s thesis exhibition was derived from her personal experience, exploring instances of silenced and suppressed voice in post 9/11 society. She explores the notion of ‘Otherness” in her work while attempting to speak for herself as an Other, or acting as a mediator between her subjects and her viewers.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the Cleveland area, Michigan and in online galleries. She has works in The Mandel Center for Non Profit Organization in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon completing her BFA, Nama curated an exhibition titled Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam.  She also started an annual art exhibition at the Islamic Center of Cleveland that encourages Muslim youth artists to exhibit their work. She received her Masters in Middle East Studies in 2012 from University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology also at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Nama’s scholarly interest includes transnational Islam, visual culture of Muslim World and identity politics and art in Arab American and Muslim American communities.