Habiba El-Sayed’s SuburbArabia

4 February – 9 August 2019
Trafalgar Campus B-Wing Display

Habiba El Sayed's SuburbArabia, 2014.

Artist Statement

Inspired by Islamic architecture and human vulnerability, Toronto-based ceramic artist Habiba El-Sayed uses a variety of materials, performance and temporal techniques to illustrate her concepts. Her work focuses on connecting to, exploring and interpreting aspects of her identity, particularly as a Muslim woman living in a post-9/11 world.

Habiba holds an Advanced Diploma from Sheridan College in Ceramics (2014) and a BFA in Ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2016). She has received various scholarships, including the Clifford Scholarship (2014) and was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence in Ceramics at Harbourfront Centre in 2016.


In this installation, SuburbArabia, artist Habiba El-Sayed attempts to reconcile the cultural differences between her Muslim neighbourhood in Scarborough and her art school experience in Oakville, Ontario.