THE VEIL PRESENTS A MANIFESTATION OF MY DISMAY AND ANTAGONISM TOWARDS CULTURES THAT IMPOSE SUBMISSIVE RESTRICTIONS ON WOMEN.
IT SPEAKS OF A BREACH OF MORAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE SUPPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND OF EXPRESSION.
The veil that many women are required to wear by oppressive religious or cultural authorities is one of the primary symbols of subservience and surrender that especially prompts my disdain.
This work is dedicated to Fatimah Baraghani (1814 or 1817 – August 16–27, 1852) Fatimah Baraghani was an influential poet and theologian of the Bábí Faith in Iran. Her life, influence, and execution made her a key figure of the religion. Having unveiled herself in an assembly of men during the Conference of Badasht (1848) caused a great controversy and the Báb named her “the Pure One” to show his support for her. She was subsequently arrested and executed in secret because of her faith. Venerated to the level of martyr she has been described as the first woman martyr defending the rights of women, and is often mentioned in Bahá’í literature as an example of courage in the struggle for women’s rights.
The indignation that has led to this type of artwork has evolved into what I call intentional art – a form of expression that addresses socio-political issues and attacks political organizations using art to speak for those who cannot do so. The artwork has been created out of a sense of moral concern for those who are persecuted or disadvantaged.
|Dimensions:||97 x 48 x 40 cm|