The Burqa Issue


                       Soldiers of Delusion (left) and Untitled (right). © Mariam Magsi, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. 

Mariam Magsi: Imagining the Possibilities of a Hot Red Burqa


By Erin Haney

With Mariam Magsi’s imagery, burqas reveal shades of the subversive bodies underneath. Her subjects are quietly outrageous, vivid and embracing, their genders and sexual identities undetermined. Her portraits, hiding so much desire, confound us. They might elicit sympathy, consternation, anger—they are meant to provoke.

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