Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation

Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam and Zaker, Farniyaz. 2015. Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation. Theory, Culture and Society, 32(3), pp. 115-134. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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The authors explore how the multi-media artist Farniyaz Zaker uses words to estab- lish connections between different kinds of materials in her work, and how her work makes words material. Zaker’s conception of dress as ‘microcosmic dwelling places’ enables the authors to think about veiling practices, Islams and gender not only in relation to the familiar domains of state, piety, subjectivity, consumption, capitalism, public and private (for instance), but also with regard to some less self-evidently relevant contexts. Light, architecture and cinema, as well as walls, windows, curtains, coffins, tents and screens, are among them. It is by way of these multiple refractions that the authors are able to return to those debates that conceive of Islamic veiling in terms of embodied, material practices and to support and develop further reasons for an understanding of that most exceptionally charged piece of material, the veil, as more than a sign of...

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architecture, dress, Islamic, materiality, signs, veiling, words

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27 May 2014Published Online
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28 May 2014 13:34

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