Masked Faces: Untold Stories from the Arabian-Persian Gulfexhibition 5 Jul – 26 Sep 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Exeter EX4 4ND
- Free entry
The female face mask, is a part of the traditional but disappearing material culture of the Arabian-Persian Gulf. Each face mask is handmade to fit the wearer’s face and conveys an intricate amount of socio-cultural detail about the wearer. The shape, colour, material, design, and embroidery are selected depending on the wearer’s age, origin, marital status, ethnicity, religious or tribal affiliation, number of children, and socio-economic status. Wearing the face mask is also strongly associated with honour, piety, and pride. Through the presentation of material collections and photographs of masked women, this exhibition intends to shed light on the women in the region and their intimate and unique relationship with their masks.
The exhibition has been researched and curated by Manami Goto, a PhD student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies