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Launch of the Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project Comic Book

December 2nd, 2012     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

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 Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project: The comic is a love letter to our communities. We came together as a group of young South Asian women to challenge how “izzat” or “honour” has been used to rationalize violence against us. Our bodies belong to us, not to patriarchs, media or governments. Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project affirms 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.

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