The Burqa Girls present a forum on representations of women in Islam and in Western societies in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs LA Islam initiative. The Burqa Girls are a performance and public practice collective using veiling as a means to provoke questions of invisibility and power at the intersection of feminist, privacy, and global justice concerns. At LACE, Burqa Girls will invite three women to share their expert perspectives on contemporary and historical interpretations of Islam in the West.
The panel will draw on the exhibitions at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery showcasing Islamic art from the collection of Doris Duke and works by contemporary artists to describe rhetorics of subjugation and control as they relate to women’s bodies, sexual and queer liberation, and political struggle.
Guests include: Dr. Saloni Mathur, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA; Rijin Sahakian, Curator of Shangri-La: Imagined Cities at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; and Amitis Motevalli, Project Manager, LA/Islam Arts Initiative at Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.