“We often hear musical expressions of faith and peace, but as a visual artist, I wanted to showcase works of fine art that represent tranquility in its many forms. Today, it is important to spread the message of peace and unity which we receive within our community and this was the basis for my selections,” said Ismaili Muslim Artist, Al-Qawi Tazal Nanavati. She curated the Tranquility art exhibition, displayed at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Glenview, in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Consulate General of Pakistan.
Artists from all over the Chicagoland area came together at the Jamatkhana to display their art pieces, portraying an interpretation of peace and harmony within oneself and with the world. The artists varied in age, experience, and backgrounds, leading to different expressions of peace, unity, and serenity. They included 13 artists, two of whom were Ismailis, and 32 art pieces.
Throughout the exhibition, there were glimpses of beauty in chaos, calm in fury, innocence in impurity. Each piece offered its unique aesthetic experience, creating a buzz of conversation among onlookers. Artworks ranged in variety from paintings, etchings, drawings, to a rap performance.
Adil Lakhani, an Ismaili Muslim photographer had two pieces on display. "We finally made it to a remote viewpoint above Lake Powell, in Escalante, Utah. As the sunrise unfolded the next morning, I was blessed to capture a moment of Idyllic Coexistence, where many diverse elements came together to create a sublime scene of tranquility."
The exhibition was well attended and included guests such as the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Assistant Consul-General of Pakistan. “Opening up the Glenview Jamatkhana allowed for new audiences to see the work of creative individuals in a non-traditional setting. This was an opportunity for communities to learn about the space and religion while discussing an exhibition that addressed spirituality through the theme of tranquility,” said Felice Dubion, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.