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My paintings are an intimate representation of myself as a muslim woman in Britain, providing an unwritten narrative on the many cultural blankets making up the social stratum. Questioning societies obsessions with the veil, hijab and Islam whilst also providing myself with a greater understanding of all aspects of my identity. My work examines themes of gender, sexuality, xenophobia, Islamophobia, femininity and religion. Whilst also deconstructing notions of orientalism witnessed in many paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, enabling me to disencumber (neo)colonial binaries and re-appropriate the image of the muslim woman. Through large scale oil paintings, dramatic composition and the juxtaposition of individual discordant elements, my paintings are both ambiguous yet suggestive, essentially encouraging interpretation based on subjective experience.

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Azraa Motala

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