Freedom of expression vs. cultural respect…
Ah, a timeless debate!
The above image of a woman in full Muslim dress (niquab & abaya) holding up a bra while doing laundry was SO offensive to some students at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, they asked a staff member to take it down!
"I was pretty shocked and I kind of felt my personal space as an artist and a Canadian had been invaded."
DUH! You should never touch something that ISN’T YOURS, regardless of what you think about it!!
The picture has since been returned, but the Saudi Education Center in Kamloops has said more information should be provided when displaying the picture to the public.
Center president Trad Bahabri stated:
"The artist didn't approach the artwork let's say in a very professional way that can state and can clarify the information and clarify the idea behind the picture…I'm pretty sure many people misinterpret and many people misunderstand it. I can guarantee that."
And this is why art is wonderful! It creates conversation and discourse between all different groups of people!
[Image via Sooraya Graham.]