Art is a powerful tool to expose injustices, raise awareness, and initiate change. It explores different realities, showcases the strength of communities, and often sheds light on invisible stories. In many ways, artists are agents of change and influential allies in the fight for justice. As such, we are incredibly grateful to two artists from Montreal, Aquil Virani and Emma Haraké, who have created inspiring artworks and generously donated them to CCIJ.

By acquiring one of the artworks below, you will help CCIJ provide crucial support to survivors of torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities. Whether you purchase it to decorate your home or to offer as a meaningful gift to a loved one, each artwork purchased will make a real difference to international justice.

For more details on the artworks and the artists, please contact us at info@ccij.ca.


“We don’t have to believe in the same thing to have faith in one another.”

By Aquil Virani

Description

Spray paint on paper || 18 x 24 inches
From the “Postering Peace” documentary sponsored by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (aquil.ca/salaam/)
Price: $250.00


Aquil Virani is a visual artist who often uses simple public participation to create socially-conscious artwork. His Canada’s Self Portrait project won an Applied Arts award after being exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. His latest solo exhibit, “Here is a gift,” featured portraits of two chiefs of the First Nations in the Whitehorse area of the Yukon that were gifted to their respective communities. Last month, he won a grant from the Michaelle Jean Foundation to create a documentary film about an anti-islamophobia poster project that premiered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Learn more at aquil.ca.

If you are interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact us at info@ccij.ca.


“White Lies” (2017)

By Emma Haraké

Description

Mixed media on paper || 18 x 17.25 inches, 24 x 32 inches (framed)
Titled and dated: lower middle.
Signed: lower right corner.
The subject painting is part of the series “It all started with a Family Album”
Price: $650.00


Emma Haraké was born in Lebanon, and now lives and works in Montréal. She holds a Bachelor of fine art from the Lebanese University and is currently pursuing her graduate studies at Concordia University. Emma has exhibited extensively in prominent galleries and museums in Lebanon and the Middle East. Since 2015, she participated in many collective exhibitions in Montreal. Learn more at emmaharake.com.

If you are interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact us at info@ccij.ca.


The 26 Project: Adjectives that describe inspiring women

By Aquil Virani

Description

Spray paint on paper || 18 x 24 inches
Price: $250.00


Aquil Virani is a visual artist who often uses simple public participation to create socially-conscious artwork. His Canada’s Self Portrait project won an Applied Arts award after being exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. His latest solo exhibit, “Here is a gift,” featured portraits of two chiefs of the First Nations in the Whitehorse area of the Yukon that were gifted to their respective communities. Last month, he won a grant from the Michaelle Jean Foundation to create a documentary film about an anti-islamophobia poster project that premiered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Learn more at aquil.ca.

If you are interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact us at info@ccij.ca.


HOMA: Portrait of Homa Hoodfar

By Aquil Virani

Description

Acrylic paint, spray paint on canvas || 36 x 60 inches.

This portrait was commissioned for the one-year anniversary of Professor Homa Hoodfar’s release from Evin prison in Iran. The acrylic paint was applied using a toothbrush, referencing Hoodfar’s ordeal in Evin prison where she took notes using the same tool. The geometric backdrop remixes the colours of the Iranian flag with Hoodfar’s likeness symbolically detached. The portrait was unveiled in Professor Hoodfar’s presence at a fundraising event for the Canadian Centre for International Justice and in collaboration with Amnistie internationale Canada francophone.

Visit aquil.ca/homa/ to view the artistic process behind this painting.


Aquil Virani is a visual artist who often uses simple public participation to create socially-conscious artwork. His Canada’s Self Portrait project won an Applied Arts award after being exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. His latest solo exhibit, “Here is a gift,” featured portraits of two chiefs of the First Nations in the Whitehorse area of the Yukon that were gifted to their respective communities. Last month, he won a grant from the Michaelle Jean Foundation to create a documentary film about an anti-islamophobia poster project that premiered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Learn more at aquil.ca.

If you are interested in purchasing this artwork, please contact us at info@ccij.ca.