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Crystal Palace

In her photographs, Ziyan dialogues with bodily gestures that are conventionally seen as devices with which to take up questions of femininity and women’s roles in traditional Druze society. These works, however, encompass a much broader circle than one specific culture. Most conservative cultures restrict everyone’s freedom of choice, and a fortiori that of women and girls. In her current work, Ziyan reveals the presence of the scarfed face, investigates the complexity of her identity—and, in turn, of that of her society.

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