The Burqa Issue. OF NOTE Magazine. 2016 The Burqa Issue. OF NOTE magazine. 2016 - Page 50

I gave in and removed my burqa. I felt defeated and embarrassed. It wasn’t the stares, but this experience—I was being treated as if I was some sort of monster, a villainous terrorist—that angered me the most. Behnaz Babazadeh By covering what is itself a cover, Babazadeh interrupts stereotypes. Through candy’s association with the positive, Burkaphilia inspires new conversations about the burqa. It is the very unique materials the artist employs that soften the viewer’s gaze and connects burqas to sensory associations of joy, sweetness, and innocence. Gia Harewood For Babazadeh, this playfulness echoes alternative, sweeter narratives of the burqa—those that she knows exists. Gia Harewood is a multi-media artist, educator, and writer with roots in the Caribbean and Brooklyn, New York. She is currently in CUNY’s Applied Theatre program and graduated from the University of Rochester and University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) with a specialization in English, African American and Caribbean Studies, and Political Science. In her academic life, her research interests revolve around masculinity, popular culture, film and social justice. She has taught pedagogically innovative classes at UMCP, Strayer University, The Art Institute of Washington, and The George Washington University. Red Burka (Fruit Roll-Up Licorice), Burkaphilia. © Behnaz Babazadeh, 2012. Courtesy of the artist in collaboration with E. Adam Attia. 50 OF NOTE 51 OF NOTE