The Burqa Issue. OF NOTE Magazine. 2016 The Burqa Issue. OF NOTE magazine. 2016 - Page 42

Open Culture. © Ahaad Al Amoudi, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Open Culture. © Ahaad Al Amoudi, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Al Amoudi took on the guise of many artistic personas — photographer, graphic designer, typographer, and performance artist — to create stark self-portraits of her donning the masks in various poses. She drew inspiration from powerful artists from the Middle East such as Shirin Neshat and from North Africa, Hassan Hajjaj, who both engage with self-portraiture in their art. Al Amoudi believes the Internet and the burqa share a critical connection. In her view, the Internet mirrors the same function of the burqa — one of anonymity, freedom, and the masking of the self. However, she says, “The anonymity that the Internet grants women is not subjected to the same prejudices for women who wear the burqa.” 42 OF NOTE 43 OF NOTE