Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mediterranean Architectural Installation

Architecture of the Veil: An Installation by Samta Benyahia at the Fowler Museum at UCLA (January 28 - September 2, 2007)

Architecture of the Veil will be a site-specific installation that takes its theme from the moucharabieh, the geometric openwork screens used in Mediterranean Islamic buildings to cover windows and balconies, allowing those inside—typically women—to view the outside world without being seen. Algerian artist Samta Benyahia employs Mediterranean Islamic architectural motifs in combination with photographs and oral poetry to explore issues of gender, space, and power. It will be a dynamic exploration of gender relations as well as of the tension between interior and exterior, concealment and revelation, and private versus public space. For more information, the public may call (310) 825-4361 or visit

Opening Day: Sun., Jan. 28, 2007

Artist Walkthrough: 2 pm & 4 pm [Artist Samta Benyahia discusses her installation and examines how she inverts the traditional power structure by making women, who are normally hidden from view, visible through her work. Light refreshments.]

[Image and information taken from Fowler Museum website and press release.]

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