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2019 Gallery

Beyond the Burqa

by: Pranab Basak, Kolkata, India

A person is a book in the great library of the world; and like every book, they wait to be judged by their inside and not by their cover.

quote by: Teodora Rînciog, Ploie?ti, Romania

Artist Statement

A burqa is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions. Some women choose to wear it proudly; others have no choice. Is this garment a means of oppressing women, or an assertion of religious and cultural identity? I hope the image of this little girl sparks these questions in the mind of the viewer. The burqa doesn’t hide her face—her deep, soulful life force shines through. I hope the sight inspires the viewer to see beyond the burqa. 

Lesson Plan Connection

Personal Narratives (1-2 Class Periods)
Textbook Connection: Springboard 6th/7th Grades, Collections 6th/8th Grades
Standards: LAFS RL.1.2, LAFS RL.2.5, LAFS W.1.3, LAFS W.2.4, LAFS SL 1.1, LAFS SL 1.2, LAFS L 1.1, LAFS L 1.2
Personal narratives help writers to tell stories about who they are in the same way that an artist incorporates their past into their work. This lesson allows students to gain a better understanding of the concept of personal narratives by reflecting on artwork that represents themes of individuality and uniqueness.
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