By Kat Herriman
|Two playful designs, "Pocket Funjab" (left) and "Tennis Funjab," from the artist Meriem Bennani's "Fardaous Funjab Catalogue, Avant-Garde Funjabs by Avant-Garde Designer for Avant-Garde Women." Credit Courtesy of the artist|
The Jewish Museum:“Unorthodox” (Nov. 6, 2015 - March 27, 2016); 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York; (212)423-3200; thejm.org
NEW ANCESTORS: IN CONVERSATION...
|Image of Meriem Bennani and her sister. Courtesy of NEW ANCESTORS|
Meriem Bennani: "Yes actually, I had this moment where I realized that this video of a joke I made could be really offensive. I took this music video that everybody knows, the very sexy Chris Isaak video on the beach, and I covered the woman on the video with a burka and you see how the video loses its point, like she’s being sexy but she’s covered, and there’s shots where she pulls on her bathing suit, but she does it on the black mass of the burka. For me it was a joke; as a woman from a Muslim country I feel a little bit allowed because I talk about these things from the inside." [link]