Few shows have really tackled the role of religion in our society, but an exhibition of artworks titled “Altars” by Komail Aijazuddin and “Condolence theatre” by Muhammad Ali which opened Tuesday does just that.

Showing at the Canvas Art Gallery in Clifton, the exhibit takes a look at the Shia tradition of mourning from the perspectives of two different artists.

Komail Aijazuddin, a graduate from NYU, described his set of 12 pieces as a manifestation of his search for faith.

He said he wanted to take concepts from the history of Shia tradition and look at them, not from the lens of western religion, but from the depiction of religion in western art.

“There are a lot of parallels between Christianity and the Shia tradition,” he said. “And I wanted to highlight them without being too in-your-face about it.”

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