Veiled - western women who choose to wear niqab
It’s one of the most controversial garments in the western world: the niqab, a veil that covers the entire face apart from the eyes. Who are the women who choose to wear this piece of cloth, despite all the controversy? What do they find funny, beautiful? What is femininity to them? Would they differ much from me: a non-believing woman? Driven by this curiosity I spent three years in the search for niqabi women, I photographed them the way I got to know them. They made jokes and statement about gender and niqabi stereotyping of which they were very aware. Gradually I discovered how much these pictures said about me. The photos reveal what had surprised me, and therefore undeniably, what my expectations had been.
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Saskia Aukema, Dutch documentary photographer and copywriter. After studying Language and Literature at Leiden University in the 1990s, she embarked on a course at the University of Applied Photography in Amsterdam, where she graduated with distinction in 2013. First price Silver Camera award in the portraits category 2016, winner International Photofestival Leiden 2018, nomine SO2015 Awards (for creative photography), selected as New Dutch Photography Talent 2017. The book ‘Veiled – Too Busy Being Awesome’, designed by Syb, was published late 2017 by Lecturis.