Sponsored by Buena Tile + Stone THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 PM VIP TICKETS $50 VITA ART CENTER Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura, Studio 30 Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 644-9214
An exhibition of paintings by Afghan Graffiti Artist Shamsia Hassani
Shamsia Hassani, one of Afghanistan's first female street artists, makes vibrant murals and paintings depicting women as strong, independent figures. The women often carry and/or play musical instruments, which provide them with a voice, a vehicle for self-expression. Women wear the burqa, which Westerners often assume is a form of oppression, but in Hassanis work the transparent fabric reveals the strength and humanity of the woman beneath, despite her covering. She's attempting to point out that choosing to wear the burqa or hijab is not the issue; women will not truly be free until they can speak for themselves and be heard. Hassani aims to destigmatize the misperceptions of Muslim women by illustrating that removing the headscarf is not the same as liberating women.