“In my curatorial practice I’m interested in offering a platform for PoC, specifically women, to take up space and consider issues and ideas that relate to their lived experiences. It becomes an opportunity to encourage open conversations and exchanges while celebrating the work of minority artists.”
Leila is pictured at the exhibition titled “In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose”, which she curated at Gallery 44 Centre for Photography. She’s also the Curator of Education & Community Outreach there. This exhibition highlights what’s most important to her, which is creating safe spaces and platforms for minorities to thrive. She told me that even though she faces certain challenges and obstacles because she is visibly Muslim, “it drives [her] to offer an alternative perspective on the misinformed narratives of Muslims, specifically Muslim women, we see and hear all too often.” Her favourite quality about herself is her empathetic nature, which she adds can be to a fault sometimes. She believes that “empathy is key to understanding the lived experiences of people and achieving unity, so it’s a quality that I emphasize and try to employ as much as possible.” Leila loves to be outside of her comfort zone. Challenging herself allows her to grow through the experience and to trust her intuition. And when I asked her what the one thing she knows for sure is, she answered “I will always doubt what I think I know, and that is a gateway to attaining knowledge.”
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
"Art-making, Art-viewing, Art-writing and Art-thinking."
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
"I love to dance but I don’t have a rhythmic bone in my body!"