Video still from Cab Ride, 2012


Farrah Khan

A Space Windows

June 20 – July 19, 2014

Beti reflects on the family as a site of both love and fear, and the ways in which familial homophobia and Islamophobia impacts one’s personal identity and truths. Cab Ride and Walying are video love letters to an estranged father in the hope of return. These stop motion video shorts and accompanying still photographs present a struggle to reconcile community expectations, transgressions and desire. They were created using materials and techniques linked to Farrah’s bicultural upbringing — Indian spices, paper craft, jewelry, and fabric.


Farrah Khan is a Toronto-based artist who draws from her personal experience as well as her advocacy work in anti-violence to tell stories that challenge dominant narratives about healing, queerness, and Islam. In addition to her own artistic practice, she creates contexts for other young Muslim women to express their voices in order to transform how they are seen and how they see themselves.