Exhibition launch in Exeter: Masked Faces, Untold Stories from the Arabian-Persian Gulf

.: June 19, 2018

The MEP is pleased to invite you to the exhibition launch in Exeter: "Masked Faces, Untold Stories from the Arabian-Persian Gulf" organized by the University of Exeter and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, 5 July 2018, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

This exhibition launch will take place in the premises of Arab and Islamic Studies and will be presented by Manami Goto, a PhD student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

Manami Goto presents this new exhibition for Summer 2018. The female face mask, regionally known as burquʿ or baṭūla, 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 event will take place at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4ND, United Kingdom, D line bus Pensylvannia (Knightley station).

Attendance is free, no prior registration for listening participants needed.

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