IAM....

My work explores female identity and highlights the issues of women's oppression in Muslim societies and the misrepresentation of true religious doctrine. Religion is so often manipulated as a tool of oppression for women, and indeed in the hands of men, it has been deployed against women throughout history. The use of sacred text highlights women's rights in Islam and invites the audience to stop and take time to engage with these issues. I ask you to look deeper into the rights and portrayal of Muslim women beyond stereotypes.

The use of layering and the blurring of images signify that they have intersecting identities beyond being Muslim women. Textiles and thread act as signifiers for women's strength and resilience along with reference to womens' traditional skills and crafts. I view my autobiographical work as a part of an ongoing project that presents and asks the viewer to question prejudicial views of women of faith. 

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