February 15 - March 14
Burkha. Baby. Bust.
review by Lori Kent
Thirteen photographs by Afghan-American artist Shekaiba Wakili. Color, black and white, posed and not, the images are unified by belief that Muslim Women are misunderstood and far too silent.
The earliest photographs depict refugees in
Since 2001, Wakili's art has been more or less in fashion. September 11th prompted the art world to attend to Afghani artists. Wakili speaks openly about the ascension and subsequent abandonment of artists of her cultural descent. Perhaps the rise of the Afghan artist has gone bust. Wakili's willingness to pursue her photographic research over a period of time, however, has not diminished with changing art world trends. The photographs are compelling images. We gaze at a foreignness among us. The issues contained within them outlive fashion because of the universality of silence, misunderstanding, and displacement.
Also published in "New York Arts" March 2003