The Dove

Performance Photography

2015

A series of eight photographs and two polaroid collages.

The sense of freedom is the craving of all societies. When access to freedom is achieved, a sense of power and control arises, and how one chooses to apply that power, it can either establish oppressive systems, or diminish the pre-existing ones. Many different perspectives of freedom and the breaking free of authority in is a positive path that should lead to togetherness. Freedom and unity creates a new portal to access a cycle where freedom could lead to multidimensional societal shifts. Only the weedy mind can take something so beautiful and turn it black.

Like the black ‘Abaya, a garment that has had multiple meanings attached to it, from sacred privacy, to environmental and socio-cultural influences. Yet it has become a symbol of hidden female bodies and a politically stigmatized icon. Their bodies and their lived experiences become entangled with the dark void of a rigid stigmatized definition of freedom that has been attached to the garment. Hide the woman “Cage the Dove”. Systems made up by authorities that sense they are free enough to guide and protect society, leading them in a certain illusive direction. The dove, a caged bird due to their innocence. Expectations and requirements given as a birthright for an honor to be protected in such restrictive ways, when the real objective of these requirements, is to set the dove aside rather than watch it thrive. The Concept, if understood properly would be seen as a shortage in society, rather than power. Putting a specific gender down is half of a society, whereas half of a whole is taken away and hidden. What is half of freedom?

Turn the black silk, white. Free the dove. Only when a society is whole, where both genders are free to self-identify, walk amongst one another, interact and grow together, can a weak concept break. A new cycle takes place and progress can take a more efficient turn.

*Images of exhibition from an installation at Bayt Lothan's Kreate 5.0 along with a and performance video installation.