Sadia Fakih: The Odalisque: Women in Contained Spaces
WHEN: Mon, Nov 7 until Fri, Dec 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov 24 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Main Mall at ACAD
WHERE: Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Walkway
The “odalisque” is a one-dimensional character created by European travelers/artists from the 19th century colonial period to define the people of colonized nations in the Islamic world.
These fabrications emerged to exoticize and subject the colonized; and with the term of “odalisque,” specifically women.
Sadia Fakih attempts to break down the legacy of the perception of the passive female object and “other”, by visually pursuing culturally hybrid identities through photographic self-portraits and genre-dissected collage of Persian miniature painting, French Orientalist painting and North American pop culture placed in an interior setting.
Multiple viewpoints create disjunctions, disorientations and fragmentations giving the odalisque figure a voice and complexity.