JUST A PEEK, PLEASE?
Stories about Muslim women are typically limited to one of two characters: the victim, or the seductress. This oversimplification invents a separation between nonMuslim and Muslim women, creating a sense of “us versus them” and relegating Muslim women to being “an OTHER” instead of just “another.”
“Just a Peek, Please?” bridges this gap through a series of 26 interactive paintings inspired by an anonymous statement from an American Muslim woman. A scarf previously worn by the work’s muse conceals each piece, necessitating the viewer to lift the fabric to view the art underneath. The voyeuristic act of looking under the participant’s own clothing to view the piece explores the tension between a woman’s right to choose what she conceals or reveals, and society’s desire to make that choice for her. It transforms the work from a passive art piece into an active conversation between viewer and muse.