Khamsa: The 5 Stages of Grief

Khamsa is a visual and musical journey through the five stages of grief, encouraging the audience to explore different aspects of trauma’s universality.

A collaborative creation led by Muslim artist, community organizer and activist Guled Muse in partnership with ARTogether and Gathering All Muslim Artists (GAMA), Khamsa will be a multimedia installation with five separate rooms, each addressing a different stage of the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Collaborating artists will include musicians and visual artists of color from across the United States. 

Drawing from the Arabic word for “5,” Khamsa will strive to find the harmony in humanity’s shared stories, and bridge differences of culture, belief and history. Our vision is to spark new narratives around grief and trauma, using varied media and disciplines to present new perspectives on mental health.

The Khamsa exhibition is scheduled to launch in 2022.

Guled Muse

Guled Muse is a music producer and community organizer. His work includes community leadership in the Mission District of San Francisco and in Oakland, which includes movements around issues such as gentrification, promotion of the arts and diversity. He has founded and coordinated events including ‘Skate with Beats’ and ‘Not 4 Sale’, which highlighted the essence of Bay Area energy by promoting female, Latina DJs. Originally from Somalia, Guled moved to the US at the age of ten, and has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years. 


This project is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.