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Monica Mak is pleased to be collaborating with Shiva Shoeybi, an Iranian-Canadian visual artist, on The Hair Scarf Project. This mixed media arts installation combines documentary & textile-based art forms to explore a myriad of issues – ranging from misconceptions about hijabis, Islamophobia , and the concept of modesty and female identity – in relation to the hair scarf.

Spanning over a year in production, the work combines the digital realm (inhabited by Monica’s documentaries) with tactile art forms (represented in Shiva’s hair scarf artwork on display), in order to present insider’s/outsider’s/liminal perspectives on the topic of “to wear.”

This work is the culmination of Monica and Shiva’s joint art residency at the Charles Street Video (CSV) Maker Space Program.

The exhibition is on at Charles Street Video at Toronto Arts Media Centre, between 19-28 September 2019. Opening Reception: September 19, 2019, 5-8pm. For more information about the installation, and for gallery hours, please visit

Exhibition Teaser:

The Hair Scarf Project (2019)