In “Freedom Fighters”, Jabre Jureidini questions the Burqa and the Hijab without the need to confine women into categories, whether their choice falls in line with hers or is drastically
In “Freedom Fighters”, Jabre Jureidini questions the Burqa and the Hijab without the need to confine women into categories, whether their choice falls in line with hers or is drastically different from it. She investigates the Burqa as a symbolic and graphic representation of a façade. She experiments with this shield by taking a walk in these women’s shoes and questions whether religious signs have risen exponentially to fill the empty gaps in people’s confused identities. She questions whether false interpretations and prejudice against Islamic doctrines have been highly manipulated through the Burqa as a visual choice. Her artworks highlight possible repercussions of these manipulations that dominate our current political and social arena.
Her perspective stems from curiosity, not judgement, a desire, not sympathy, which allows for a more nuanced approach to this complex phenomenon. Let us save our sympathy to women who have no access to education and health care, to women who are forced to follow a certain protocol in dressing their own bodies. Pity and sympathy are not to be felt for a woman whose rationality led her to dress her body the way she pleases; fully covered or fully erotic is irrelevant.
It is time for us to realize that modernity and liberation do not follow a trajectory that is strictly confined to the amount of flesh we decide to manifest. A veracious modernity understands that liberation encompasses all choices regardless of our understanding of the reason behind those choices.
This exhibition is a reminder to all of us that the only fair label to a woman is “woman”.
Courtesy of Galerie Janine Rubeiz
February 27 (Wednesday) - March 27 (Wednesday)
Shell Rd - Seaside Rd, Bourj Hammoud, 1203 Lebanon