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  • Chicago | Phnom Penh | Osaka

1700% Project

Multidisciplinary Project / 2010

Photos: Andrew Walker

The 1700% Project is conceived as a collaborative project utilizing art as intervention. Specifically, the 1700% Project strategically intervenes against the racial profiling and rise of violence and hate directed at Muslims in a post 9/11 era. The project challenges monolithic stereotypes of a “Muslim” identity while acknowledging the significance of historical persecution. The number 1700% refers to the exponential percentage increase of hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001.

The text, a performance poem titled 1700% by Anida Yoeu Ali, is an unapologetic response to injustices directed at the Muslim community. The poem is a Cento (100 lines of found writings) based on filed reports of hate and bias crimes against “Arabs” and “Muslims” since 9/11. The narrative-based poem is the original text to which all other iterations of this project is created upon.

Currently The 1700% Project includes a poem, dance, video, audio recording, performances, community dialogue and installation. Each facet implements a medium specific to the ways in which access operates within various communities. Each iteration of the text becomes its own unique work of art with a particular site of engagement. These multi-faceted artistic approaches serve to educate the wider public about the diversity within the Muslim community and the dangers of racially-motivated fears.

For more details about the project please visit 1700percent.org

On May 11, 2010, 12 days into the exhibition, the wall installation was vandalized.
The documentation of the project, the crime, and the ensuing public discussion is found in this video: