To those on the periphery of the culture, the idea of a group of Arab women allowing themselves to be photographed nude, in a hammam, or communal bath, in the Middle East seems unlikely. The stereotypical image of Arab women assumes they are devoutly practicing Muslims, wearing hijabs and long skirts and conducting themselves with religious modesty, exposing their bodies exclusively to their husbands, and perhaps to female relatives or friends behind the closed doors of a hammam. Would they allow themselves to be captured in such an environment by a boundary-pushing year-old American artist, for a gallery show? In the Western imagination, probably not. Later, Al-Arashi would estimate that only about half of them were Muslim.
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Nude arab art
So, I am in my home city of Amman, in my art class and it is the final year in high school. I am creating this piece for my art portfolio and I remember nervously walking up to my teacher to present my idea to her. I tell her that I want to paint a 3-piece series on the butterfly effect, and I wanted to depict a woman as she frees herself from the chaos. Both my classmate and I went on creating our pieces exploring the female nude. After all these years, I still wondered, from an art historical perspective, how did nudity in art, and more precisely female nudity, come about in the Arab world?
They had been discussing the unveiling movement, and he had declared his support for the complete unveiling of both sexes, male and female, only to suddenly ask, 'Or, did you ask me about the Nude? Yes, I am one of its champions. The Nude in everything. The nudity of women; just as the nudity of this glass!