The New Youth Council Online Showcase - Kawtar Karmouni

Kawtar Karmouni

I Can Be Both (2021)

Kawtar Karmouni Artwork

Artist Statement

This piece showcases how a Canadian Muslim woman can wave the Canada flag in one hand while also holding the Islam flag in the other. It demonstrates that nationality should welcome all faiths, and never make an individual have to sacrifice one for the other. The kids in the background represent the children of Canada, and the future of acceptance.

Since I was young, I've drawn things that represent the social change that I want to see in the world, whether that be by drawing social justice issues or just what surrounds me. To me, my art is always created to evoke change in a world that desperately needs it. Through my various mediums-drawing, painting, and even embellishing, I try to capture the essence of little details that envelop us, and their meaning through an artist's eyes.

Kawtar Karmouni is a 15 year old poet, artist, and performer. She currently resides in Mississauga and attends Jeunes Sans Frontieres High School. Kawtar is the creator of the Just My 2 Cents podcast, where poets from around the globe come to perform poetry. She uses drawings and poetry to evoke social justice in the MENA (Middle Eastern North African community). Her articles about seeking justice have been published in ENV Media, YRE Schools, Snipette Magazine, and many more. Her lifelong mission is to amplify the voices of girls through various forms of art.

Podcast: Just My Two Cents


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