Feminine voices from the Arab world on display in Valencia

Representation of femininity in 1990s in 100 works

15 September, 19:32

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, SEPTEMBER 15 - A show at the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) titled 'En rebeldía' (In Rebellion) highlights feminine voices from the Arab world, revealing women's political capacity for transformation as agents of social change.

    Running through January 28, the exhibition contains 100 works of photography, documentaries, and sculptures, by 24 artists from Arab countries.

    Most are women artists who examine the reality of the Arab world from different perspectives, from the 1990s to today, "and break stereotypes that are created in the West", said the exhibition's curator, Juan Vicente Aliaga, during a presentation to the press.

    Some works by men that offer a reflection on the representation of femininity are also included.

    "The steps forward in technology in the 1990s helped a lot so that women had ways to communicate, and, now more than ever, thanks to the internet," Aliaga said.

    'En rebeldía' is made up of four categories.

    The first focuses on women's privacy and the concept of family, expressed above all through works that represent feelings and the relationship of women among women.

    The second deals with the body, desire, and sexuality, to show how even in Arab countries there are different types of men and a wide variety of sexual customs, represented through images of homosexuals and transsexuals, generally persecuted in Muslim countries.

    The third category focuses on women in public spaces and tensions, if not actual clashes, that the presence sometimes elicits. The fourth category traces decisive historical conflicts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian one and the revolts of the Arab Spring, highlighting, according to Aliaga, "the weight that the West exercises on Arab society" and the places and symbols of public space. The show aims to raise questions in the viewer over the intentions of the artists who participate in the collective, among them Nadia Benchallal, Mona Hatoum, Ghada Amer, Nermine Hammam, Zohra Bensemra, Diana El Jeiroudi, Farida Hamak, Arman Kenawy, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Zineb Sedira, Raeda Saadeh, Ahlam Shibli, Mohammed Soueid, Akram Zaatari, Leila Alaoui, Rana El Nemr, rula Halawani, Randa Maddah and Nidaa Badwan.

    On loan for the exhibition will be works from the Arab Image Foundation's archives and from the American University of Cairo.(ANSAmed).

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