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The Crescent Moon


Ans Westra, Shaystah Dean's daughter Hana Adam Shah, 2009

Friday 29 February - Sunday 17 May

Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Key Themes: Muslim Communities in Aotearoa, Islam, Race, Everyday Photography, Relating to Others

Subject Areas: Visual Arts, English, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Health and Physical Education (relationships with other people - relationships, identity, sensitivity and respect)

Key Competencies: Thinking, Using Language, Symbols and Texts, Relating to Others

Cost: Programme FREE of charge

Duration: 60-90 minutes

The Crescent Moon: the Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand gives a face and a voice to New Zealand’s Muslims of Asian descent, who form the majority of Muslims both in this country and in the world as a whole.

In the making of this exhibition, renowned photographer Ans Westra and writer Adrienne Jansen travelled through the country, catching up with people in their everyday lives. They met a very diverse group, ethnically, culturally, and theologically. These individuals spoke with disarming honesty about the media, 9/11, identity, and their faith – but mostly their lives and experiences in Aotearoa.

In this programme, students will explore these images in detail, and learn about the ways in which everyday photography provides an opportunity for the viewer to relate and empathise with those in the photographs.

In the art-making session, students will learn about the abstract geometrical forms and patterns that are unique to Islamic art. With a focus on pattern and repetition, we will use carved erasers and watercolour pens to create relief prints, resulting in striking and unique patterns.

To make an enquiry or booking, please email, or phone 027 332 5496.

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