Samina Quraeshi

Gardner Visiting Fellow, 2008–2009

Samina Quraeshi is an award-winning author, artist and designer. She has devoted her life to cultivating the vital relationship between art and culture through national and international initiatives as a way to foster greater understanding among people.

As an artist, writer and photographer Samina brings the multifaceted story of Islamic culture in South Asia to the international stage. As a teacher of community studies and design she is committed to intellectual and cultural diversity and exhibits wide-ranging knowledge of issues related to interdisciplinary work. As a senior executive in academia and government she is committed to collaboration and strategic alliances. A natural leader, with organizational savvy and management skill, she demonstrates a diplomatic acumen for allocating resources and creating partnerships between private and public sectors, between NGO’s and government officials and between the academy and the community.

Fellowship Project: Sacred Spaces

“Sacred Spaces” is a book, exhibition, lecture series, musical performance, and video whose mission is to project the enlightened and tolerant view of Islam through the mystical poetry and music of South Asia.

Video Images and interview