‘My art has nothing to do with religion.’
This week we’re throwing the spotlight on the guerilla street art of Princess Hijab.
Princess Hijab détournes advertising in public spaces: superimposing black veils onto the iconography of popular culture.
‘The Hijab is very powerful, not just religiously. It has been used in fairytales. It is part of the collective memory: a symbol of observance, mourning, and death. It can be luminous, it has many symbols attached to it: in the western world and the eastern world. The hijab doesn’t belong to a single religious or ethnic group. My art has nothing to do with religion.’
We like the way the artist works in a space that is both secular and highly sectarian: heterogeneous and also conformist; creating a form of activism that challenges everyday commuters to consider their own position in the way that identity is formed.
You can find out more by visiting the Actipedia entry: http://actipedia.org/project/hijabizing-dolce-gabbana
And, watch a great short intro to her work here: http://theviralmedialab.org/876/2011/10/princess-hijab/