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Hair Is A Woman’s Glory


Through allusions to mythology, religion, and art history, this body of work takes a critical peek into contemporary attitudes and religious taboos communicated through the censorship of women’s hair.  In each frame, the artist’s self-portrait is centered around a halo of calligraphic text that meticulously repeats the Turkish word for hair, “saç.” The daring invitation to reckon with the woman whose uncontainable Medusa-like hair is indeed a nod to women’s movements across the Middle East, such as the Chich Women’s Bicycle Tour in Turkey celebrating women’s visibility in public spaces, and the White Wednesdays movement in Iran against forced veiling.


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  • Year: 2018
  • Medium: Digital. Giclee on cotton rag
    (editions of 10)
  • Size: 24 x 42.72 (inches)