Between Sight and Desire: Imaging the Muslim Woman

Winner of the Creative Capital Grant (2013) 

Created by: Maryam Keshavarz and Roya Rastegar



Between Sight and Desire engages desire and representation through an exploration of gender, sexuality and Islam within an immersive, multimedia installation of interconnected rooms. Active visitor participation will reveal and challenge how desire shapes the way we see, how meaning is assigned to images, and how fantasies of the Muslim woman are constantly being created and recreated by the West. This project illuminates how Western imaginings can function to render the agency of Middle Eastern women illegible within political, intimate and cultural spheres.