Photo by Katarina Sabados
Geometric Arabic script Quran verse
Artist(s): Doaa Jamal

Why can’t they see us?

Completed: 2018

A community partnership project between Van Mural Fest, the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies and artist Doaa Jamal, the mural is Arabic square Kufic script illustrating a verse from the Qur’an:
“We have created you from male and female and we made you into tribes and nations that you may know each other” (49:13).
The piece was made by community members who gathered to tape the stencil, paint, and share feedback. Jamal wanted to create a design that encapsulates the diversity of Muslims in Vancouver, and speaks to the burdens minorities and immigrants face when navigating cultural and identity differences.

Doaa Jamal for Vancouver Mural Festival

Where to Find This Mural

Location: 123 E 8th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 1R8 Get Directions

Accessibility: Mural is in an alley.