Sunday, November 26, 2006

Veil: Veiling,Representation and Contemporary Art

Veil: Veiling,Representation and Contemporary Art
David A. Bailey Editor, Gilane Tawadros Editor

No single item of dothing has had greater influence on Western images of Middle Eastern and North African women than the veil. The fascination of Western writers, artists, and photographers with the veil reflects the voyeuristic nature of our interest in what is strange and other. Veil, which accompanies an exhibition organized by the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, explores the representation of the veil in contemporary visual arts. Providing a context for the commissioned essays are a number of classical historical texts crossing religions, cultures, genders, and ages - from Greek myths to articles published in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Some of the contemporary artists and scholars write autobiographically about the meaning of the veil in their lives. Others take a more political approach, discussing, for example, how the events of September 11 changed the use and reception of veil imagery throughout the world. Still others take a historical approach, examining how nineteenth-century technological developments in travel and photography led to photographic depictions of both the veiled and unveiled body in relation to landscape.


kousalya said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.
Contemporary Art

Ankh Entertainment said...

Beautifully elegant. Quietly stirring. Emotionally unrestrained.