Unveiling The Veil: Self-Representation in Contemporary Muslim Female Art

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ac.person.position HDR Student
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dc.contributor.advisor Tello, Veronica
dc.contributor.advisor Baker Smith, Diana
dc.contributor.advisor George, Phillip Hammad, Amber 2022-03-04T04:44:09Z 2022-03-04T04:44:09Z 2021
dc.description.abstract Contemporary Muslim feminist artists, such as Cigdem Aydemir, Sarah Maple and Shirin Neshat, tackle the representation and misrepresentation of Muslim women, within both patriarchal Muslim cultures and the Islamophobic Global North. As this thesis shows, such artists often use the veil to perform Muslim womanhood and their unveiled bodies to claim agency both in and outside of Islamic countries. This practice-led research MFA, developed by Amber Hammad, positions itself in the field of veiling and unveiling Muslim woman’s bodies, building on the work of the aforementioned artists. Drawing on Hammad’s experiences of living in Pakistan and Australia, it analyses the politics of performing Muslim womanhood from a feminist standpoint, utilising strategies of the performance lecture and video art in particular. In the video work The Nude Dupatta — A Performance Lecture (2021) Hammad draws on the work of Hito Steyerl on the politics of images and Andrea Fraser’s work on gendered institutional critique to galvanise her agency as a Muslim female artist. In particular, the work examines the female nude in Islamic art history. In Lower the Gaze: Manuscript Page from خاتون نامه Khatoon Nama #1 (2021) Hammad builds on Shahzia Sikander’s techniques of animation and appropriation and Sara Ahmed’s intersectional feminist theories to connect ideas of visibility and invisibility with the sounds of the Quranic phrase “lower your gaze.” Through these works Hammad expands understandings of Muslim female artists’ engagements with hypervisibility and the politics of veiling.
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney
dc.rights CC BY 4.0
dc.subject.other Muslim Female Artists
dc.subject.other Muslim Women
dc.subject.other Contemporary Muslim artists
dc.subject.other Islamic Feminism
dc.subject.other Male Gaze
dc.subject.other Feminism
dc.subject.other Islamic Art
dc.subject.other Veiling
dc.subject.other Unveiling
dc.title Unveiling The Veil: Self-Representation in Contemporary Muslim Female Art
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Hammad, Amber
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture School of Art and Design School of Art and Design
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING
unsw.thesis.degreetype Masters Thesis
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