Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Artless

What do you think about this? This is a picture from Nader Sadek’s “‘The Faceless’: six mixed-media drawings involving a [burqa]-clad woman interacting with various aspects of black and death metal culture—skulls, tentacles, devils, decaying castles. A soundtrack, limited when I was there to a tinny set of headphones, runs further with the metaphor: metal luminaries … trade riffs and blast beats with Middle Eastern music stalwarts Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Raquy Danziger.”

Here’s the entire article from The Village Voice. Read it and see what you think. Is Sadek just taking advantage of the trendiness of Islamic figures? Is he parodying or denigrating the images of these niqabis by juxtaposing them next to images associated with Satanism or atheism? Furthermore, do you think these women willing participants? Do you think that Sadek uses his Egyptian background as a license to use these images? I’d like to hear your thoughts. Personally, I just don’t really know how to view this.