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 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Yemen in 1969, she lives and works in Neuily-sur-Seine.

Boushra Almutawakel’s work centers around issues of gender and representation of Arab women, and, more generally, the international perceptions of Muslims and Arabs, especially after September 11, 2001: “I found that we, as Arabs and Muslims, were either demonized or romanticized.” She was heavily influenced by Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi’s comment that “women who wore the hijab or niqab were the same as women who wore makeup in the sense that they all hid their true identities.” Through her work, Almutawakel denounces the way women are objectified and even erased in some societies, while also focusing our attention on other aspects of Arab society, like the emergence of the Fulla doll, the Islamic alternative to the Barbie doll. The artist thus wants to challenge “Western, Arab, and Islamic views and stereotypes.” She has worked as a photographer for the United Nations as well as for the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.


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