TAMARA ABDUL HADI SHINES A LIGHT ON THE MISUNDERSTOOD MEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST

For any marginalised group, self-preservation will inevitably involve a heavy dose of artistic expression to counter degrading portrayals. Prey to myriad stereotypes, long-standing prejudice, and steady streams of discrimination, most Arab, Persian, Turkish, Afghan, and North African men and women have had no choice but to defend themselves against imposed identities. This is nothing new, however, for people who understand the long-standing implications of a certain Orientalist gaze emanating from the Occident, and the effects incurred by these peoples as a result of cultural imperialism and geopolitical exploitation.

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