Joanne Saad


 

KEFFIYEH

2013

Over the last four decades, the aesthetics of the Palestinian Keffiyeh (black & white traditional scarf) in both Arab and Western contexts has shifted from the margins of liberation politics to a mainstream where faux politics can be easily expressed as a fashion statement. The appearance in the late 1960s of the Keffiyeh as a symbol of resistance soon became iconic in terms of a visual declaration of radical politics, namely support for the Palestinian struggle in the face of Western indifference. The Keffiyeh of the Palestinians thus inaugurated a visual presence and a narrative that had hitherto been denied in the mainstream of popular Western discourse.
To date, I have created photographs and other materials in an Australian context to explore the social significance of the Keffiyeh as a beginning. I propose to further develop this body of work in Palestine, creating a series of constructed images about the Keffiyeh, reflecting social and political issues that are grounded in identity and place.


Up In The Air

Up In The Air

Karim

Karim

Amal

Amal

I Will Return

I Will Return

Kuffiyeh at the Airport

Kuffiyeh at the Airport

Untitled

Untitled

Chanel

Chanel

Kuffiyeh

Kuffiyeh

Colour For Sale

Colour For Sale

All Colours

All Colours

Kuffiyeh at Protest II

Kuffiyeh at Protest II

Kuffiyeh at Protest

Kuffiyeh at Protest