Dumarka Soomaaliyeed Voices Unveiled: Undoing the hijab narrative through a participatory photography exhibition

  • Ruth M. Smith Independent Scholar


The photographs and narratives collaboratively created by the women of Dumarka Soomaaliyeed2 Voices Unveiled (DSVU) offer multiple hijab narratives. This article explores how these narratives initiate a process of undoing certainties such as the stereotypes and singular representations of Muslim women and thus serve to agitate public space. Drawing on Rogoff (2000), this article describes DSVU, presents photographs and stories from the exhibition in an effort to undo the singular hijab narrative, and theorizes this work and project as an agitation of public space.


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