Cinderazahd: For Your Eyes Only

Above is the name of an exhibition by Sophia Al-Maria, a Qatari writer and film-maker.

Men will be banned from watching a video display coming to the Lower Hutt art gallery that shows Muslim women without veils.

The Dowse Art Museum is preparing to host the world premiere of the art installation – despite advice from the Human Rights Commission that not letting men inside could be seen as sexual discrimination. (stuff.co.nz)

This exhibition has definitely got people talking and sharing their opinions on the issue, before it has even opened. And the feedback that I have read so far varies a lot.

Isn’t this is what art is meant to do? (at least one of its jobs anyway) To get us thinking, to help us see something from a different perspective than our own, and it can reveal what we feel and believe for ourselves in our own lives in relation to these types of issues, whether in New Zealand or somewhere else in the world.

Read the article here on stuff.