We begin in God’s Blessed Name. Peace and Blessings.
When you think of the word ‘Arab’, what comes to your mind? What about the word ‘Arab man’? Probably something along the lines of what has been portrayed by the media, correct? Not very reliable and accurate, is it? Well, let me introduce you to Tamara Abdul Hadi’s new work, where she displays various portraits of Arab man in hopes of breaking the typical stereotype that lingers around the word ‘Arab Man.’
Started in 2009, this portrait series is part of a large body of work capturing semi-nude Arab men of diverse backgrounds.
The conceptual aim of this portrait series is two-fold: Trying to uncover and break the stereotypes placed upon the arab male, and providing an alternative visual representation of that identity. Secondly, it is a celebration of their sensual beauty, an unexplored aspect of the identity of the contemporary Arab man, on the cusp of change in a society that reveres an out-dated form of hyper-masculinity.
There is something remarkable with these pictures. Each man has a distinct mannerism which displays his subtle qualities. I love how these pictures say alot, even though they are so simple.