Burkaphilia

Abstract

Burkaphilia is a series of works that use the burka as an interface to create dialogue regarding cross-cultural bias through iconography and symbolism. Constant themes in the series are popular American foods, an obsession with consumption and sexuality. Each work in the series reveals dualities of extreme practices from a culture often misunderstood by the common Westerner. The fetishism of the burka is a cultural erection to the sexual repression enforced by theocratic governments. It makes a strong, political appearance in contemporary society: In the West, when a woman exercises her freedom to wear the burka, and in the East, when she decides not to wear it. A garment that was the cultural dress of the Arabian nomads has become an emphatic symbol of cultural resistance to religion, by way of religion.

 

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