A 1940s Hollywood glamour girl wannabe in Egypt throws a practiced “come hither” look over her bare shoulder at the camera. A serious young Lebanese woman poses for a portrait dressed like an English gentleman in a pinstriped suit. The Arab pop music Equivalent of Charo wears a traditional headscarf with a wry expression. These images and more gleaned from the archive of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut are the subject of a fascinating new multimedia installation entitled “Not Given: Talking of and Around Photographs of Arab Women” on view at SF Camerawork. Using a soundscape of recorded voices, projected large-scale images and photographic prints, the installation unveils stereotypes and examines how the authority of photography can get lost in translation. This is the only U.S. venue for this thought-provoking show curated by local art historian and critical theorist Dore Bowen and French media artist Isabelle Massu.
Opening Reception March 1 from 5-8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-5 p.m.
$5.00; $2.00 for students and seniors; free to Camerawork members
Added by suemking on February 1, 2007