Bride and Groom, Social Distancing
Bride and Groom 2019-Ongoing
In this painting project, couples painted portraits are being constructed after the censored weddings photos from the1980s in Asira, north of Nablus, Palestine. In a site-specific exhibition in Asira, the oil portraits navigate social dynamics to display portraits of women and men in an art exhibition. The work aims at dismissing the censorship from the women's faces while demanding access for this rural community to be part of the broader representational systems in which they are invisible. The Bride and Groom wedding portraits are made not only to intervene in local cultural dynamics, but also to empower and represent Asira's couples as ideals in the history of portraiture, despite their marginality.