Jodie Bateman

MFA Photography


‘My Hijab Has A Voice: Revisited’ is a series of bold self-portraits with the occasional portrait. This project is an urgent yet necessary investigation into the experience of Muslim woman from an autobiographical perspective. It is vital to listen to Muslim women’s voices as often they are silenced and spoken for by men. The freedom to express a woman’s perspective from their own point of view is crucial. Due to the lack of authentic voices being heard negative stigmas and stereotypes are perpetuated in the media. Often Muslim women are only seen to wear black and are portrayed as ‘old fashioned’ or ‘backwards’ due to their choice to cover their bodies. Western society continuously feeds the stereotype of oppression. This is typically followed by acts of banning the niqab, burkini and even going to the lengths of banning the hijab in professional places in some countries. This series challenges society to see Muslim women differently by being invited into a Muslim women’s private space with the intention to ‘humanize’. The artist takes inspiration from historical paintings that are famous for their objectification of women. She poses herself and her models to mimic the mannerisms and gestures of the paintings but challenges these conventions by having the subjects fully clothed and looking directly back at the viewer confronting the audience and outdated stereotypes.

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