Fatima’s Place

The Hand of Fatima has a strong relevance in Islamic culture as well as Middle-Eastern and South East Asian cultures. It is the symbol of patience, loyalty, faith and resistance against difficulties. 

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Mixed Media
Towson Arts Collective
May 2016

The reason the models’ eyes and majority of their faces are covered is to respect the rule of not having any human or animal imagery is prohibited when used in a religious context, as well as inside a mosque, to avoid idolatry. Even though this is not an actual mosque, it is still having the intention of mimicking one, so the rules still follow through. 

The objective of my piece is to establish the power of a woman and that she respectfully has a place in the mosque, in which some countries don’t allow women to be inside. With Islam having many powerful female figures in its history, I find it to be hypocritical that so many of these countries parade a symbol with female-power origins and yet, shut away women and silence them. The eye is seen to be a powerful weapon in Middle Eastern/Asian cultures; Eyes have the ability to curse, protect, and speak. Women may not have many rights to speak but they have their eyes. With the eye on the Hand, that eye channels the strength Fatima had during her trials. Women who wear the Hand can find the strength to protect themselves against a male dominated world. Men can cover women up, but sooner or later they have to look at them in the eye and see what kind of power women have.