'The Beehive' - Installation
This project was part of the show 'Liberated' where almost 100 Muslim women across America have contributed by mailing me one of their hijabs (the head scarf adorned by Muslim women) in support of this show.
The format of the installation is based on the beehive. Honeybees bear special mention in the Quran for their healing powers, with a chapter titled, The Bee (Chapter 16), in which it says: "And [consider how] thy Sustainer has inspired the bee: "Prepare for thyself dwellings in mountains and in trees, and in what [men] may build [for thee by way of hives]; and then eat of all manner of fruit, and follow humbly the paths ordained for thee by thy Sustainer." [And lo!] there issues from within these [bees] a fluid of many hues, wherein there is health for man. In all this, behold, there is a message indeed for people who think!"
The significance of the beehive for this project is the fact that all the worker bees are females. The installation is formed of cells representing each of the women who have submitted the scarf. Each cell holds a scarf with the identity, occupation and location of the owner.
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