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Huma Durrani, Ideal State, 2012.

Unaiza Karim, Fading, 2012.

Saba Syed, Reignfall, 2012.

Bullets to Butterflies
Works by Huma Durrani, Unaiza Karim and Saba Syed
September 16 - 20, 2013
Gallery 1265, University of Toronto Scarborough

Opening Reception: Monday, September 16, 5 - 7 pm

Bullets to Butterflies explores the story of Malala Yousafzai, a fearless and resilient 15-year-old education activist in Pakistan who survived a targeted shooting by extremists in October 2012. Through their work – drawings, prints, papercuts and installation – Canadian artists Huma Durrani, Unaiza Karim and Saba Syed convey their horror and their hope for change. Combining traditional and contemporary art forms, the artists address issues of literacy and gender equality, and express the need to speak out against senseless violence.


Huma Durrani is a Canadian artist based in Mississauga. Her work is inspired by Islamic art, geometrical patterns and a modern contemporary aesthetic. The majority of her work is done by hand cutting delicate Japanese papers into intricate and precise designs.

Unaiza Karim graduated with her Master’s degree from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. She has specialized in the Art of Illumination from the Islamic tradition and was professionally trained in Turkey. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She is currently working between Canada and the UK as an artist and educator.

Saba Syed is a Canadian artist specializing silk screening, based in Port Perry, Ontario. Saba completed her Fine Arts education at York University in Toronto, Canada. She runs her own silk screen printing studio and teaches art to local children.


University of Toronto Scarborough
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 12 - 4 pm
Closed Thursday
Free admission