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Queen Arwa
Maka / مخا
Hend & Anesah
Queen Belquis
Princess Warat
غزال المقدشيه
Gazal Almagdishyah

Yemen is a challenging place for women to excel in their career. My subject matter documents women whom socially are not allowed to show their faces in photographs. Because of this, viewers will find the women photographed stripped of their identities, yet still they maintain a feminine power through character, beauty and intelligence. They are the daughters of the legendary queen of Sheba. I used a self developed technique that while focusing on aesthetic also expresses the underlying struggles of the model. The technique is a combination of photography and hand painting.  Throughout my time documenting these women I was filled with a sense of despair because of the deteriorating conditions against women socially, politically and culturally. During every photoshoot there was a fear of taking the photo, fear of tradition and fear of religion for both the model and myself. I always had mixed emotions, but what I wanted the most was for us to get over all fear and become strong powerful women. Yemen is a challenging place but Yemeni women are even more resilient. I have since sensed and awakening and a growing feminine power within Yemen and the diaspora around the globe. I am inspired by these women and I am honored to be contributing to the artistic liberation and expression of the Yemeni woman.

Queen Of Sheba

Installation shot, Art Works Gallery, Richmond VA 2017

Installation shot, Art Works Gallery, Richmond VA 2017

  ©2016-2023 Asiya Alsharabi

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