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Artist Self Portrait

As a Muslim Middle Eastern woman, I often felt as though my future is predetermined. The expectations of fulfilling the roles of a good daughter, wife, and mother have dominated the conversations of my life, leaving little space for my identity as an artist. 


These unspoken boundaries have fueled doubts and uncertainties regarding my claim to the title of “artist.” 


During my painting sessions, I placed a white sheet underneath my art, allowing various mediums to stain and leave their marks on it. It was through this process that I was able to create the hijab prayer garment depicted in the images, symbolizing a claim to my identity.  


Created through a collaborative process and shot by artist, filmmaker and photographer Maeve Jackson.

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