Sheree Naqvi

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Perfect housewife

‘Perfect housewife’ is a series of performative photographs, whereby a Muslim wife is performing regular home activities, cooking and cleaning. Her face is hidden to represent the idea of her having no identity, other than being a housewife. The work portrays what is expected from a Muslim housewife, as the artist has captured her fulfilling her responsibilities and following cultural rules, rules which are particularly emphasised for Muslim women.

The artist aims to convey an image of a woman who has been over-powered by her husband in a male dominated culture. In one of the photographs, she is wearing red shoes, this indicates the idea of her being passionate and having desires, yet, as the Hijab shows, she is oppressed and isolated. The artist wants the images to convey a sense of the sexist Muslim culture, where men are considered to have power and rule women.

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