The body of the Arab woman, the female condition and the search for the self – these are some of the favourite subjects probed by the well-known art photographer Majida Khattari. Most of her work involves a sophisticated superimposition of layers – the veiling and unveiling of the body. In each photo in her series Les Parisiennes, a European and a Moslem woman are seen amid the kind of décor of which Delacroix’s painting Femmes d’Alger is an outstanding example. Part of the emotional charge of these photos come from their relevance to today’s hot topics such as Orientalism, female sexuality and the debate about the wearing of the veil in public spaces. In her work Khattari ironically uses fashion as a medium to critique the alienation produced by neoliberalism.
*1966, Erfoud, Morocco, lives and works in Paris