On the occasion of International Women’s Day Anahita Contemporary proudly presents a selection of works by Yumna Al-Arashi.
The first photography exhibition at the gallery celebrates the power of women and diversity, the beauty of female tribes and new age sisterhood.
Friday, 6th of March 2020
Over the last decade, Yumna Al-Arashi has created self-portraiture as an act of defiance. Often blurring the power dynamics between photographer, subject, and audience, Yumna’s work asks us to question the role of each as she seamlessly weaves herself within each. In her works, her subjects play various roles which often lead to forming a collective between women, an immortalization of the solidarity and support that exists between them.
Her use of the female body garners a solidarity between spiritual and physical. Her performances allow us an uncomfortable gaze into our own vulnerabilities as image-consuming citizens. Her images are sites of resistance.
In Audre Lorde’s “The Erotic As Power”, Lorde challenges the ideas of Eroticism as something far more than sexual or pornographic – but on the contrary, something inherent to womanhood; a power that has been forced to be vilified in order to revoke women of their power as capitalism and patriarchy took over our modes of living.