It is no accident that white masculinity is constructed the way it is in the United States, as European invasion of the Americas required a masculinity that murders, rapes, and enslaves Native and African peoples. It is a masculinity that requires men to be soldiers and conquerors in every aspect of their lives. A masculinity rooted in genocide breeds a culture of sexual abuse.
Wang Ningde ph. born 1972, Liaoning Province, China. Wang is a prominent figure among a generation of impressive young Chinese photographers. In his hauntingly striking black and white photographs, he captures the tension between an ever-changing contemporary China and the always-present memory of the Cultural Revolution
Al Akhbar profiles Yemeni photographer Bushra al-Fusail.
Palms pressed together, a faceless figure elongates her arms as far as they can reach, above her head. A transparent cloth, printed with small squares, blankets her dark form. At the point where her fingers meet, a globule glows.
For photographer and visual artist Bushra al-Fusail, the image’s creator, this is a midway point of sorts in the journey of self-discovery for Yemeni women, as explored in her series “Threads of Life.” After evolving over the course of several previous slides, her subject has reached this way station.
“This one, I love,” Fusail says breathlessly as she walks toward the picture during her recent exhibition at the Spanish Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. “For me, it’s like saying victory. Or you can say that she found her faith when she was completely lost…The lighting is behind her. I didn’t use it in front of her because still, she’s fighting.”
Islam is based on naql (texts) and ‘aql (intellect). Some people just have the texts – we call them naql-heads.