Nazmeen Akhtar’s work explores the relationship of Muslim culture, Islam religion and the modern world. Her work represents her perspective of what modern world is. Positive values that she gets from her religion always help her fight negativity of the world. Being a feminist, covering her body and celebrating it is important to her. It helps her to develop her personal style. Being unique makes her strong, brave and confident to voice out her opinions. Although culture does affect her, it does not move her faith in her religion. Her life without religion is unimaginable. She thinks women make a lot of sacrifices, but the world never appreciates them enough but belittles them. However, discrimination does not affect her anymore. Moreover, it helped her to develop her work that expresses her views about society that lacks equality. Nazmeen wants to challenge the world with her works. She used two kinds of color, one using pure plane colors and the other using a colorful palette, to talk about how women are viewed in society. Through her works, she elicits the audience’s curiosity and answers them too, but the meaning behind is not the most important—the meaning created is. Nazmeen Akhtar is a modern Muslim woman. Her works presents her views to the world.
Living in a society as a woman has been difficult since the beginning of time and life as a Muslim woman is even more difficult. However, having strong faith makes nothing impossible. Through the use of significant numbers, geometries and patterns, I build the connections between past religious life and present modern life and also represent my life from my beginning with Islam to as a woman now.
Each of the pillars represents the moral teachings of the 5 Great Women (from left to right): Aisha bint Abu Bakr (RA), Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (RA), Maryam bint Imran (RA), Fatimah bint Muhammad (RA), and Asiyah bint Muzahim (RA).