What does it mean to dress for ourselves? And how do family and cultural contexts play a role in that? From the everyday to the occasional, head coverings help us communicate something to others and to ourselves.
In the wake of Boris Johnson’s recent comments, photographer Arpita Shah and arts journalist Naima Khan discuss the function and symbolism of sacred cloths as spiritual practice, political tools and signifiers in pop culture.
This event will look at the transformative and communicative power of clothing, and how head coverings have been represented in British film and theatre.
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Naima Khan is Programme Manager of MFest, a festival of arts and ideas from Muslim communities. She is a trustee of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative and the former Theatre and Film Desk Editor at Spoonfed Media. She now works as a freelance arts journalist.
Arpita Shah is a photographic artist and educator based in Scotland, working between photography and film to explore the intersections of culture and identity. Her experience spent living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Her exhibition Purdah – The Sacred Cloth is currently at Autograph.
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Banner image: 1) Arpita Shah, Chuni, Perwinkle. From Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2013). 2) Arpita Shah, Sari, Reshma. From Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2013). 3)
Page images, from top left: 1) . 2) Arpita Shah, Hijab, Shameem. From Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2013). 3) Naima Khan. 4) Arpita Shah, Niqab, Samina. From Purdah – The Sacred Cloth (2013)
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