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Veil

Jananne Al-Ani
1997

slide projection installation, dimensions variable

Veil

The relationship between the viewer/photographer and the veiled woman is one which informs an ongoing body of work by Al-Ani exploring the Western fascination with the image of the veil.

Veil is a large slide projection work in which the monumental faces of five women are alternately revealed then concealed by the veil. The gaze of the women is direct, confrontational even. The work challenges the myth of the subjugated, sexualised 'oriental' woman as object and aims to unnerve the viewer as they face an unyielding glare.

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