At the core of Lina Hashim’s artistic project lies an urge to investigate and document the arbitrary way the Quran is interpreted today, using a method best understood as historical anthropology: Do the words and dogmas of the Quran make sense in a modern context? She firmly states that she is a Muslim as she believes in Islam, but she doesn’t practise.

Lina Hashim is a former student of anthropology and she puts anthropological methods to use when she investigates, amongst other issues, the Islamic dogma of premarital sex. She does her research thoroughly and draws on her readings of the Quran, consulting imams, her family, and a number of chatrooms and online forums for Muslims.

She asks questions and tries to rationalize answers in order to display the workings of Islam in a modern context; how many of these dogmas are filtered through a widely accepted layer of fiction? If you are able to document by thorough investigation and registration that a dogma is continuously and commonly breached by the greater proportion of Muslims, is it then possible to actually challenge the ancient dogma for not making sense in a modern world?

Lina Hashim uses her art projects to explore and negotiate her female identity by not opposing Islamic dogmas, but respectfully and insistently questioning their validity in a western context. She is a Muslim woman in Denmark who comes with a history and a cultural baggage that she is continually trying to rationalize and make sense of.


Lina Hashim is a Danish-Iraqi artist who lives and works in Copenhagen. She was born in Kuwait, but moved to Denmark with her parents in 1992. Her primary artistic medium is photography, whereas her methods cross into such fields as anthropology and performance. She is at present a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She is represented by East Wing Gallery and has exhibited in Amsterdam, Arles, Paris, Zurich and elsewhere.