Photograph, Al-Kouture: Chanel #VII from the series Al-Kouture
Born in Iraq, photographer Wesaam Al-Badry and his family fled their home country for a Saudi Arabian refugee camp at the beginning of the Gulf War before relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1994. His work is often inspired by the disconnect he felt between his experiences in the Middle East and Middle America. In the series Al-Kouture, he refashions silk scarves by prominent European brands into niqabs. As he explains, “Al-Kouture . . . reveals the tension between . . . Western consumerism and its influence on the traditional Muslim culture. [It] plays with symbolism and the impact of globalization and explores the possibilities of assimilation in a vast polarized world.”
It is credited
Courtesy of the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 91.4 × 66 cm (36 × 26 in.) Frame H x W x D: 94 × 68.6 cm (37 × 27 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions.