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1700 Percent Project

About this group

  • Group Name: 1700 Percent Project
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Links: 1700% Project

Activities, Challenges & Lesssons Learned


SUNDAY | April 11 | Chicago

This Sunday, April 11th, we are asking members of the Muslim community to participate in the video portrait component of the project at South Lakeshore (exact location TBD). We are taking the portraits during 'magic hour' (it's beautiful! the orange/yellow glow from the sunset makes it look amazing!) between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. We are scheduling participants in 15 minute increments. If you choose to participate, it should not take longer than 15 minutes and you will only need to be present during your slotted time.


We are seeking participants who self identify as Muslim and range in race, ethnicity, gender, age, and “religiousness”. We are looking for individuals and families from heterogenous parts of the “Muslim” world: Bosnia, Algeria, China, Africa, the Middle-east, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and mixed-race Muslims. Come as you are — hijabi, wahabi, convert, punk, goth, rockstar, doctor, actor, teacher, emcee, laborers, stay-at-home parent, unemployed, transgendered, queer, straight, political, apolitical, and etc..

Selected participants will be included in the video component of the 1700 Percent Project featuring Muslim portraits. These will be portraits of a range of Muslims who both fit and defy the image of “Muslim” in a post 9/11 world. The shot includes Muslim individuals and families standing in front of the camera, with resilience and defiance. These portraits are of Muslims who refuse to be punished for their heritage. Muslims who refuse to feel ashamed of their faith. They are families who refuse to live in fear. Individuals who refuse to be scapegoated, stereotyped, and profiled. Communities who refuse to be silenced. People who resist all forms of violence.