Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet, Berlin


Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH presents DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS

Contemporary works from the Middle East
Halim Al Karim
Dhafer Al Shehri
Amira Behbehani
Shadi Ghadirian
Abdulnasser Gharem
Majida Khattari
Tahmineh Monzavi
Shirin Neshat
September 20 to December 14, 2013
Dance of the Seven Veils refers to the beheading of St. John the Baptist demanded by Salome. Interestingly, this tale has antecedents both in the Old Testament and in Assyrian and Babylonian religions, thus revealing a connection between the West and the Middle East, an undercurrent of the exhibition itself.
As the title suggests, it’s all about the veil – a controversial topic not just in the Middle East, but also in the West. One need only think of the recent clash between Muslim protesters and riot police in a Paris suburb after attempts were made to fine a woman for wearing a full Islamic veil. Or one need only recall any number of incidents in the Middle East where so-called religious police beat women for not wearing the veil.
But the veil is just the tip of the iceberg. This article of clothing has become a symbol of women’s rights – the right to drive, to education, to appear without a male relative in public, to work, to vote…. Paradoxically, the question of the veil reveals gender issues even as it conceals the female form.
To see the full article, and for participating artists biographies, please Read On… Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet, Berlin
Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Potsdamerstrasse 81b
10785 Berlin
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