The IZZAT Collective “An Open Letter” (theatre)

Launch of the Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project Comic Book
Presented in partnership with the AGO Youth Council

Join us in celebrating the launch of Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project on Dec 4th. It is comic book written by young South Asian women in Toronto about resiliency in the face of violence. The event will include theatre, music, visual art and dance performances by South Asian women as well as a hands on illustration/comic creation class.

Date: Dec 4th, 2012 4:00 – 7:00

Cost: FREE

Venue: Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

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4:00–5:30 Hands on Illustration/comic creation workshop with Selena Wong & IZZAT Collective

5:30–7:00 Launch and Performances

Showcasing visual art, dance, theatre, and poetry by South Asian women including:

The IZZAT Collective “An Open Letter” (theatre)
Kumari (dance)
Aisha & Fatima (spoken word)
N. Gitanjali Lena (poetry)
Rosina Kazi (music)
Somya Sigh visual art (visual art)
Subtle Vigilance Collective – The Besetting of Reena Virk, a theatrical exploration of the murder of 14 year-old Reena Virk and this crime’s haunting implications about life in our peaceable land. (theatre)

About The IZZAT Project: Young South Asian women’s bodies and hearts are often the battleground of patriarchs, media and governments. Tired of our voices being left out of the dialogue about violence in our lives, we formed the IZZAT project. The project uses the word “izzat”, which refers to the honor or reputation of a person, family or institution. We want to challenge the way in which “honor” has been used against women to rationalize control, abuse, violence against us and instead focus on ways we can honour our right to safety. Throughout 2012, we collectively wrote six stories which were illustrated by artist Somya Singh and Selena Wong into a graphic novella, Heartbeats: the IZZAT project.

Twitter: @Pomegranatetg #izzatproject Tumblr

With thanks to our generous funders: ArtReach Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Pomegranate Tree Group, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto.

For more information or to order a copy email us at

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