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Blood, Milk & Tears

Blood, Milk & Tears
402 College Street, Fentster
Time: Feb 23rd, 7:00 pm End: May 24th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Religion, Study of (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Art Exhibition

Blood, Milk & Tears

A diverse group of Muslim and Jewish women artists come together to create new work for the FENTSTER window gallery.


February 23 -- May 24, 2017

Fentster @ Makom, 402 College Street  MAP

OPENING EVENT | Wednesday, March 8 | 7 - 9 PM | FREE


Jewish and Muslim women artists envision a Toronto where cultures consciously collide, differences do not divide, creativity and community-building thrive. Facilitated by noted printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist Rochelle Rubinstein, a diverse group of women with backgrounds in visual arts, textiles, creative writing, music, photography and more come together to create a collaborative installation informed by a process of shared study of foundational Muslim and Jewish texts and deep reflection on the relationship between gender, embodiment, creativity and identity in both communities. Women’s experiences of menstruation, breastfeeding and mourning in their traditions are central to the creation of Blood, Milk and Tears.

FENTSTER curator, Evelyn Tauben, write about the exhibition in light of the recent mosque attack in Quebec City. Click here to read.



Join us on International Women's Day, Wednesday, March 87 to 9 PM and meet the women who created Blood, Milk and Tears, featuring vocalist Aviva Chernick and poet Sheniz Janmohamed sharing a new collaboration – two women exploring their relationship to their spiritual and creative practices through movement, sound and ritual. 



Trailblazers & Troublemakers

Filmmakers Telling the Stories of Jewish & Muslim Women
Sunday, April 30 | 7 PM | Noor Cultural Centre | 123 Wynwood Drive

Canadian filmmakers Zarqa Nawaz (journalist and creator of CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Francine Zuckerman (writer, producer and director) share insights and excerpts from their ground-breaking documentaries, Me & The Mosque and Half the KingdomThese films focus on the efforts of Muslim and Jewish women to reconcile deeply held faith commitments with their desires for equal access to communal and ritual spaces. Join these visionary women in conversation about the impact of their films and their ongoing relevance in the current political climate. Together, the Blood, Milk and Tears installation and the films reveal the complicated nature of religious identities in the 21st Century.

Tickets will be available starting March 5. For details, please visit our website



Presenting site-specific installations of contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for "window") is an independent artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of the grassroots community Makom: Creative Downtown JudaismFENTSTER projects are on view 24/7.

The grassroots Shema & Iqra': The Jewish-Muslim Text Project brings together Muslims and Jews using religious texts as a springboard for dialogue about issues of mutual concern. In early 2016, Shema & Iqra' ran the “Blood, Milk and Tears” textual-study and arts collective for Jewish and Muslim women artists investigating links between gender, embodiment and identity. The FENTSTER installation is an outgrowth of that initial program.



Blood, Milk and Tears was developed by Evelyn Tauben (FENTSTER curator) and Dr. Shari Golberg (Founder of Shema & Iqra') together with Rochelle Rubinstein with support from Dr. Nevin RedaSamira Kanji and Richard Chambers.


Blood, Milk & Tears is presented by FENTSTER together with Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish-Muslim Text Project


Proud participant in Myseum Intersections, an annual festival of exhibitions and events showcasing different perspectives of the city's natural, cultural, and historic diversity.


Community Partners: Noor Cultural CentreUniversity of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism  and Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto 

IMAGES: Tear Drop print by Rochelle Rubinstein, 2016.



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