Art Exhibit Unveils the Veil
Sep 20, 2011
The veil is an often-misunderstood garment that transcends time and culture. The art exhibit at Concordia, "(Dis)covering the Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces," challenges viewers to consider the veil in a larger context.
"The artists show us how we might move beyond basic and stereotypical notions about the veil," says Heather Hardester, manager of the Cyrus M. Running Gallery at Concordia.
The exhibit features pieces like "Girls Will Be Girls" by Anita Kunz featuring a scantily clad woman sitting between a veiled Muslim and nun wearing her religious habit in a subway station. Male veiling is also portrayed in various pieces.
Many religions have used veiling at some point during their history, including Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, says exhibit curator Jennifer Heath, but too often the veil has become an excuse for ethnic and religious discrimination.
"We are turning women's bodies into a battleground symbolized by the veil," she says.
The exhibit contains many artistic mediums including multimedia displays, clothing, photographs and cartoons. "(Dis)covering the Veil" runs through Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Cyrus M. Running Gallery.