|LCI students tour the National Museum of Women in the Arts.|
This landmark exhibition of more than 80 photographs and a video installation challenges stereotypes surrounding the people, landscapes, and cultures of Iran and the Arab world. "She Who Tells a Story" refutes the conventional idea that Arab and Iranian women are oppressed or powerless, illuminating the fact that women are creating some of the most significant photographic work in the region today.
Their provocative works, most created within the past decade, include portraiture, documentary, and staged narratives. Many of the artists develop expansive series of images that create compelling narratives about feminine identity, war, occupation, and protest.
Below, read essays by two students on their reactions to the field trip.
A not-so-simple photoBy Alaa Hijazi
On the second day of Ramadhan, the LCI organized a field trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. We went there with our colleagues and our professors.
|A family in Gaza City enjoys a picnic on the beach in this photo from|
Tanya Habjouqa's "Women of Gaza" series.
This photo is connected to me because it reminded me of some of my relatives who suffer from war in Syria, yet they are resistant. They also go to have family outings in spite of the tough lives they live.
That photo gave me a lesson that even if you have difficulties, you should try to overcome these difficulties and look at happiness in everything in your life especially when you see those people who live harder life than yours and they still search about happiness.
Spotlighting women artists of the past and todayBy Sultan Alobaidan
On June 7, the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute planned for all students who study during Summer I to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Around 8:15 a.m., we walked toward the station in Fairfax, Va., to reach D.C. area. When we got closer to the museum, we saw on the door of the museum its name" “National Museum of Women in the Arts.” We entered the museum, and the first thing we saw was a woman, who was talking to us about history of the museum.
|High school students enjoy a field trip on the Mediterranean Sea off |
the Gazan coast. Tanya Habjouqa, "Women of Gaza."
There are many sections, and each one presents different pictures that have many meanings. Some of these display protest and revolt. For example, one of the sections is about Tanya Habjouqa. It shows series “Women of Gaza.” One of the pictures showed how some students who graduated from English literature and celebration their graduation on a boat trip.
The museum shows the history of some women from the Middle East, and the stages they went through.
It was a short trip, but it was not interesting because it just contains many of fictional images.