Sham-E-Ali Nayeem & Qais Essar
NOW YOU SEE US
FROM PERIPHERY TO PRESENCE
About the Artists
Qais Essar is a contemporary Afghan composer, instrumentalist and producer who channels his melodic designs through the rabab, a 2,500 year old instrument from Afghanistan. He has toured extensively, sharing his new genre of music nationally and internationally.
Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Philadelphia based poet and visual artist. A former public interest lawyer supporting economic justice for survivors of family and intimate partner violence, Sham-e-Ali’s poetry is widely published in various publications and anthologies.
The Sanctuaries activates artists of different racial, religious, and artistic backgrounds to build power, shift culture, and heal spirits for the wellness of the people.