Cherchez la femme

Public Tour for Adults (in German)

Nilbar Güreş: Soyunma/Undressing, 2006; courtesy of the artist and Rampa Istanbul, video stills photographed by Nicole Tintera

The tour of the exhibition Cherchez la femme: Wig, Burqa, Wimple traces the roots of various dress codes for women, explains how religions have adopted them, and considers how women and girls can successfully navigate the tension between tradition and social inclusion.

past event
Where

Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The male-centric gaze on the female body has repeatedly been at the center of public debates, such as the dispute over burkini bans on French beaches in the summer of 2016. Such controversies invite us to question how secular societies should treat religious and traditional ways of dress.

The roots of such dress codes, which were allegedly for the preservation of female decency but in fact served to restrain male desire, lie in the ancient Middle East. Even before the emergence of the Abrahamic religions, women’s dress was determined by their status. These rules, created by men, were adopted by all three religions and given religious interpretations; in some branches of Judaism and Islam, they still apply today. Many cultures consider a woman’s hair too intimate to be displayed in public to men outside the family. This perspective still guides how some Muslim and Jewish women dress—in a variety of styles, with a variety of motivations.

Through fabric, photographs, and digital media, the Cherchez la femme exhibition documents contemporary practices of religious attire and the everyday conflicts they pose for women.

Where

Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

More Information

  • When

    Every Sunday at 2 pm (16 April – 27 August 2017)

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Where

    Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer

    
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    3 euros + museum admission fee of 8 euros, reduced 3 euros

  • Information

    Education Department
    phone: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
    fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
    groups@jmberlin.de

  • Please noteTour in German

    There is no need for you to reserve for this tour. Just show up!

  • Apparel and Fashion Vocational School

    Fashion students from OSZ Bekleidung und Mode, located on nearby Kochstrasse, are exhibiting their modesty-themed models at W. M. Blumenthal Academy, across the street from the museum.

Cherchez la femme

Wig, Burqa, Wimple

Exhibition

31 March to 27 August 2017
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