Constructing Identities: Recent Works by Jananne al-Ani

Using photography, Jananne Al-Ani explores the popularized image of the Near Eastern woman as a point of departure for examining identity across generations and cultures. Two pairs of large-format photographs, five pairs of transparencies, and a slideshow greeted visitors to the Gallery’s first presentation of contemporary works by an artist from the Islamic world. Addressing a topical issue—Orientalism, and in particular the Orientalist representation of women—the images seek to examine and deconstruct the stereotypes based on the “mystery and exoticism” that Westerners commonly associate with the veiled women of west Asia.