The 1700% Project is conceived as a collaborative project utilizing art as intervention. Specifically, the 1700% Project strategically intervenes against the racial profiling and rise of violence and hate directed at Muslims in a post 9/11 era. The project challenges monolithic stereotypes of a "Muslim" identity while acknowledging the significance of historical persecution.
The Project’s Name
The number 1700% refers to the exponential percentage increase of hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001.
The Original Text
The text, a performance poem titled 1700% by Anida Yoeu Ali, is an unapologetic response to injustices directed at the Muslim community. The poem is a Cento (100 lines of found writings) based on filed reports of hate and bias crimes against “Arabs” and “Muslims” since 9/11. The narrative-based poem is the original text to which all other iterations of this project is created upon.
Iterations: multi-faceted approach
Currently The 1700% Project includes a poem, video, audio recording, performances, and installation. Each facet implements a medium specific to the ways in which access operates within various communities. Each iteration of the text becomes its own unique work of art with a particular site of engagement. These multi-faceted artistic approaches serve to educate the wider public about the diversity within the Muslim community and the dangers of racially-motivated fears.