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Have you heard about Princess Hijab?

Written by , Posted in Art, Poetry and Pretty Things

I had heard about her before my trip, but unfortunately I never got to see any of her work in the Parisienne metro stations. Given my love affair with street art, I was pretty disappointed.

Princess Hajib is the elusive, guerilla artist who paints Muslim veils on posters and billboards in the Paris metro. She started over 6 years ago and is recognized as the founder of hijabism. The anonymous artist dons a costume,  paints only at night and has gained recent fame since the French Senate approved a ban on burqa’s in 2010. The artist says that art is not a religious statement, it’s  simply art.

The deserted metro is a pretty eerie place and if I bumped into her at night in this get-up, I’d have a complete freak out. I’d run off to some corner, curl up in the foetal position and just weep.  I’ve seen horror movies and frankly this seems like the start of a good script.  Jokes aside, her work is incredibly thought-provoking. Traditionally a burqua is meant to veil and hide it’s wearer, yet instead of hiding her subject, she really makes them the focal point of passersby.

 

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