Previously on view in the Amsterdam Biennale: Abir Boukhari

Damascus Pavilion

Fashion Diary

The Damascus pavilion opened on October 24, 2009 and can be visited until January 3, 2010 in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Curator is Abir Boukhari. Her sister Nisrine came to Amsterdam for the opening and created the Fashion Diary installation. Artists Jwan Khalaf and Muhammed Ali also contribute.


Looking at Fashion Diary. - The Damascus Pavilion, curator: Abir Boukhari. Oct 24 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Raphael Rehbach

Fashion Diary:
Is it our fault that we do not rise above stereotypes and provide alternative images about us?
Are we the only responsible of these images?
Is it only our responsibility to build bridges and to believe in dialogue and cultural exchange…?

If you go to the Wikipedia, you will find the following definition about Stereotypes of Arabs:

“Presented in Western culture and American culture have been historically and predominantly negative.

Stereotypical representations of Arabs are often manifested in a society's media, literature, theater and other creative expressions, and often have adverse repercussions for Arab Americans and Muslims in daily interactions and in current events.

In American textbooks, which theoretically should be less-creative expressions, similar negative and inaccurate stereotypes are also found for Arabs and Muslims”

- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia-

The participating artists:

Nisrine Boukhari
Muhammad Ali
Jwan Khalaf