Faiza Omar (b. 1991) is from Zanzibar, she currently lives and works in Sheffield, UK. She studied Creative Arts Practice at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2012. Inspired by her cultural and religious upbringing, Faiza seeks to initiate conversations that challenge behaviours that are expected of women. Her drawings and film depict empowered Muslim women and celebrate their individuality and independence.
More Than My Hijab
This collection of realistic, highly refined drawings address the social, political and cultural issues surrounding the hijab. The work questions western society’s perception of Muslim women due to the fabric on their heads. The hijab is repeatedly misinterpreted as a sign of oppression and associated with a number of negative stereotypes. These works challenge the viewer to adjust their own preconceptions, showing that each of these strong and distinctive women is so much more than what she wears on her head.
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The Good, The Bad and The Hijab
Through the use of indisputable honesty and humour, this film gives an insight into what Muslim women are subjected to in everyday life. Using accurate comments that she and those around her have personally been at the receiving end of, the artist addresses the way the world views the Hijab. FAIZA shows that despite what she believes to be a popular opinion, Muslim women are more than what they wear on their head.
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