by Rama Duwaji
This work appears in Khabar Keslan Issue 1. DISORIENT
Women of the orient are constantly dehumanized, either seen as exotic or dangerous. In reality, these women are humans, filled with dreams, emotion and hopes for their future. Here, my illustrations try to portray these women defiant against the stereotypes assigned to them. They are shown for who they really are, in black and white.
Rama Duwaji is a Syrian illustrator and visual artist born and based in the U.S.A. With work mainly consisting of portraits and simplified designs, she utilizes her art work to discuss topics within the Middle East, such as beauty standards and misogyny.