Boushra Almutawakel


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 Mother, Daughter and Doll,  2010

12 1/2x 9"pigment print

Ed. of 10 + 5APs

$ 2400

Boushra Almutawakel



Boushra Yahya Almutawakel [b. 1969, Sala Yemen]. Almutawakel studied in the USA and Yemen, obtaining a BSBA in International Business at the American University in Washington, DC. It was during her time as a student, that she became interested in photography, and worked as a photojournalist on the university newspaper and yearbook, and as a photo lab assistant at the School of Communications.  On her return to Yemen in 1994 she worked mainly as an educational adviser but continued developing her photographic work, doing free lance photography, and participating in many group exhibitions

Mother, Daughter Doll was created in Sana’a, Yemen in 2010, as a commentary on religious, patriarchal misogynistic extremism and the misuse of religion, in this case Islam to weaponize control over women, and the possible results of that. It questions extremist patriarchy, to what extent do women and girls need to cover up to be deemed acceptable? Although Yemen has always been a conservative country, the extremism was partly due to influence of a brand of Islamic ideology, Wahabism, coming from Saudi Arabia. Although different areas throughout Yemen had/have different colorful decorative veils, they have been sadly taken over by the black veil. The MDD series is part of a larger ongoing body of work, The Hijab Series, which the artist has been working on since 2001. After Sept 11, Islam, Muslims, their beliefs and way of life, had taken international center stage. Arabs and Muslims were either demonized or romanticized. Part of this paradoxical portrayal is the way Middle Eastern women have been portrayed artistically and/or in the media: as exotic, beautiful, mysterious, or helpless, oppressed and ugly. Part of this portrayal has included the veil. In this ongoing project on the hijab/veil, Almutawakel  explores the many facets of the veil based on her experiences and observations.

Proceeds donated to Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foudation.  The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation’s aims to increase awareness of the US public and policymakers about the humanitarian crises underway in Yemen, support relief and reconstruction efforts, and facilitate  campaigns to bring peace to the country.

Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

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