Miki Kratsman | Israel

From the Series "Displaced", 2010

Digital photograph
143x125 cm each

Courtesy of the artist

The women in veils Miki Kratsman photographs hide their identity from the viewer. The choice to photograph in black and white is supposedly surprising, considering the flowery carpet that serves as a background. This was the artist’s decision, to emphasize the contradictions in reality.

The veil worn by Muslim women brings up questions and sparks debates in the contemporary cultural conflict between East and West.

Covering one’s face and body, the roots of which originate in ancient Eastern customs, has become an inseparable part of this culture. Recently, many in the West find this custom suspicious, comparing it with the exteriority of terrorists who also cover their face, preventing society from seeing their identity.

This question, which has been publicly debated around Europe, caused the French Minister of Justice to proclaim that, "Covering one’s face, whether it is done willfully or forcefully, goes against public order. If it is coerced, it does harm to women’s honor, but also when she covers her face willfully, she separates herself from the general public and shakes off the fundamental rules of our society."