Her Holeyness.

Royal College of Art - Graduate Exhibition


This body of work explores the concept of the virgin by critiquing commercial presentations of female bodies continually cleaning, cleansing and purifying. I focus on the surfaces of a supposed clean femininity to explore the performance of gender in Arabic culture, and beyond. These performances play out in my installation, a space one steps into via a high gloss black platform, that incorporates sound, photography and light. In an absurd reimagining of the region, my presentation playfully uses the visual languages of advertising and tourism and transposes them on the female body itself. Using commercial products that aim to revirginize a woman, I build a picture of the female body as a commodity, a set of surfaces to be maintained, manipulated and represented.


Installation view.

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