Whether they know it or not, white women who practice belly dance are engaging in appropriation
YES! Randa Jarrar is the SHIT. I love her so much, she broke it down.
White women/& appropriating wocs have ruined belly dancing for me. It used to be memories of my mother with her friends dancing in living rooms. Now my mind is tarnished with outrageous costumes and orientalist fetishization. Really gross, please find your empowerment elsewhere….belly dancing is not the right outlet.
At first glance, Asad Faulwell’s heavily embellished and ornate works may call to mind middle eastern tapestries but upon deeper inspection you discover that in fact they are deeply rooted in both politics and art history. His current body of work depicts female combatants from the Algerian War of Independence. Inspired by Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers” these pieces attempt to show how these women were both aggressors and victims, victimized by both their French adversaries and their male Algerian comrades. All works in this series are titled “Les Femmes D’Alger” in reference to the series by Delacroix and Picasso. While the anonymous women in the Delacroix and Picasso works were depicted as sexual objects in an Orientalist scene, the women in Faulwell’s work defy simple classification and are depicted as saints, criminals, aggressors and victims.