Despite the absence of a face, these portraits are intimate.

-Martine Stig

Photography is a precarious subject in the veiled world, but it is not forbidden in Kuwait. The rough rule that applies for women is: the more they are veiled, the less they are prepared to be photographed. Nevertheless, these veiled girls take many photographs with modern mobile camera themselves. The difficult position of photography in Islamic society doesn’t change the need to own a picture of a loved one.

‘Sisters’ consists of a series of portraits of fully veiled women. Making a portrait of someone who is veiled seems rather paradoxical, for the viewer the people in the photographs are unrecognizable. Despite the absence of a face, the images are intimate. The recognizable way of depicting them tells us that they were taken to remember and cherish the figures in the portraits.


-Martine Stig