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Asif's upcoming exhibition is at:

The  Centrepointe Theatre Gallery
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON

Information : 3-1-1 TTY 613-580-2401 

Nov 29th, 2013 to Jan 8th, 2014
Opening Reception: Monday December 2nd, from 6pm to 8pm

For more information about my work, to inquire about pricing, to order photographs, or talk about life and the world we live in, please contact me at:

613 799 0274
Twitter @asifrehmanphoto


I'm looking for people who self identify as being Muslim to participate in a photography project  that can be described as follows: Despite differences that exist between people and cultures, Muslims?! illustrates that  all people have much in common  and are connected by an underlying humanity. I've photographed Canadian Muslims engaged in both the ordinary and extraordinary activities that are part of their daily lives. I  show that any label can only at best define a part of a person’s identity, and seeks to break down stereotypes about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim." Please let me know if you would like to participate as a subject in my project. It would be totally up to you how I would photograph you. My only guideline is that the photograph expresses ' the ordinary and/or extraordinary in your daily life'. I typically shoot on location. The following is a link to an interview I did in the summer of 2011 for my first Muslims?! exhibition http://www.cbc.ca/intownandout/2011/07/09/muslims/)


In spite of differences that exist between people and cultures, I believe we share the same emotions and are connected by an underlying humanity. Photography allows me to communicate the feeling and mood of a moment. The power of an image bridges time and distance, and can challenge the viewer’s preconceptions, allowing them to empathize with the subject. I feel that by communicating the essence of human experience and emotion, we can learn how much all people have in common and can begin to break down barriers of misunderstanding and ignorance.

As a second-generation Canadian Muslim, this theme is at the core of my identity. In a society dominated by 24/7 cable television, where polarizing and sometimes extreme opinions and images get the headlines, I feel that my work brings much-needed balance to the subject of Canadian Muslim identity. The photographs in my latest exhibition are of Canadian Muslims engaged in both the ordinary and extraordinary activities that are part of their daily lives. I show that any label can only at best define a small part of a person’s identity, and seek to break down stereotypes about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim.

Asif gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the ARTicipate Endowment Fund and Ontario Arts Council.


2012 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition (AOE) Support Grant

2011 Alliance Francaise "Planet Women" Photography Contest Canadian Winner and Representative to Global Competition

2011 Arts Ottawa East (AOE) ARTicipate Endowment Fund Project Grant


Contact 2012, Muslims?!, May 1st to June 3rd, 2012 Campbell House Museum ,Toronto, ON

We Are Them, March-April 2012 Gallery of the Alliance Francaise, Ottawa, ON

Planet Women Group Exhibition, February 2012 Gallery of the Alliance Francaise Ottawa, ON

Selections 2011 Group Show, October 2011, Trinity Art Gallery Shenkman Arts Centre Ottawa, ON

Trinity Art Gallery, July 2011 Shenkman Arts Centre Ottawa, ON

Charter of Compassion Launch, November 2009 Depanneur Sylvestre Gatineau, QC

The New Art Festival, June 2009 Central Park Ottawa, ON

Art in The Park, June 2008 Central Park in the Glebe Ottawa, ON

Contact 2008 Ben Navaee Gallery, May 2008 Toronto, ON

Visual Arts Center, Orleans (VACO), May 2007 Ottawa, ON

The Black Tomato, May-June 2004 Ottawa, ON

Tea House Gallery (NY Open Center), January-March 2002 SOHO, New York, NY

Cornelia Street Café, August 2001 Greenwich Village, New York, NY


School of the Photographic Arts – Ottawa (SPAO), 2007

School of Visual Arts, New York, 2000 School of Art, Ottawa, 1997

Algonquin College, Ottawa, 1995,1996


Works are held in private collections in North America and Europe

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