I am a searcher… I always was… and I still am… searching for the missing piece.

— Louise Bourgeois

Shirin Neshat, Women of Allah Series (1993-1997)

" In Islam a woman’s body has been historically a type of battleground for various kinds of rhetoric and political ideology. Much about a culture and its identity can be gleaned from the status and circumstances of its women, such as the roles they play in the society, the rights they enjoy or don’t, and the dress codes to which they adhere. Also, a Muslim woman projects more intensely the paradoxical realities that I am trying to identify. Each image is constructed to magnify contradiction. The traditionally feminine traits such as beauty and innocence on one hand and cruelty, violence, and hatred on the other coexist within the complex structure of Islam itself."
- Women of Allah: A Conversation with Shirin Neshat, 1999 

Matt Gunther

"The Mockingbird" by Charles Bukowski

Helmut Newton for Pirelli Calendar, 1986

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Emily Baker By Nicole Bentley For Marie Claire Australia August 2014