SAVE THE DATE: EXHIBITION – MAKING THE POSTCARD WOMEN’S IMAGINARIUM II: THEN; NOW? – JEWELS, DREAMS, AND SONGS OF OUR FUTURES
DATE: 22nd September – 4th October 2022
LOCATION: CAMDEN IMAGE GALLERY – LONDON
CURATOR: Salma Ahmad Caller, Founder of the Imaginarium
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Making The Postcard Women’s Imaginarium is a project created and founded by Egyptian British artist, art historian, and writer Salma Ahmad Caller, in 2018, to decolonise the representations of women from the Middle East and North Africa on colonial postcards from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. The Imaginarium postcard project was created as a place for artists, academics, writers, and researchers to personally engage with the Postcard Women and their potential ways of being, and to meditate upon different histories and geographies, to become intercessors on behalf of the Postcard Women, rewriting histories and incorporating new perspectives and visions and reclaiming cultural riches and richness’s.
THE ZAY INITIATIVE AND IMAGINARIUM: The Zay Initiative is delighted to have been invited to be a guest exhibitor at the Exhibition with ‘Our Narrative – a Trilogy through Dress’. A beautiful series of portraits of Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, her daughter Mae Noaf and her mother Buthaina, each wearing the Iraqi overgarment called ‘hashmi’.
Capturing their journeys and the complexities of having mixed cultural identities, to illustrate The Zay Initiative’s role in collecting Arab dress, adornment, their histories, and living narratives.
The Zay Initiative’s database where accurate information and vital stories of heritage can be found, is her way of taking back control of how Arab dress is seen and understood in a rapidly changing world.