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The Forbidden Song

Nickle Galleries, Calgary, Canada, 2014

“The Forbidden Song” is a video installation in which my image is projected on a wall covered with black lace. This video references an aspect of hijab: the ban on women vocalists in Iran which I call veiling the singing of women. “The Forbidden Song” functions as a visual metaphor. The video pictures an unveiled woman singing but the audio is mute. The lace, which acts as a veil, and muteness address censorship applied to women’s vocalization.