The Burqa Issue

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Invisible Captivity. © Rada Akbar, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.   

Rada Akbar: Making the Invisible Visible


By Stephanie Seguino

Afghani artist Rada Akbar’s images of women in burqas are at once powerful and disquieting. In her 2013 photographic series, “Invisible Captivity,” depicting women in burqas, Akbar draws attention to the religious and cultural forces that shape women’s lives. The images consist primarily of black and white portraits or sculptures of women whose bodies are inscribed with passages from the Quran. They are bold, and deeply evocative.

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