35-year-old Moroccan photographer Mous Lamrabat has been obsessed with veils since an early age. His latest series—which sees women covered in shiny technicolour Niqabs—captures the women entirely covered and swathed in fabric. “When looking at a picture, the attention is usually put on the subject’s eyes. I believe that hiding someone’s look allows for the viewer to focus on another aspect of the picture. By disturbing people’s perceptions and emotions, the reflection becomes stronger”, says Lamrabat.
Covered in a silky material from head to toe, the women become transformed in to majestic sculptures. Appearing fearless, strong and elegant, the photographer has exalted them. “I have always believed that uniforms give power and a sense of class. By showing these covered women as human sculptures, I want to prove that they are not necessarily vulnerable”, he says.
Lamrabat’s first source of inspiration is Morocco, and more particularly his family. But Lamrabat felt misunderstood, misrepresented and lonely when debating the Arab world and Islam, while growing up in Belgium. With his photography, he aims to challenge the stigma around his community, and in particular Muslim women by artistically reclaiming the narrative, in a previously unseen way. “In the West, they’re seen as victims but I remember seeing women working in the fields in Morocco, while men sat in cafes all day long. To me, in the Arab world, women are the engines of families. They are the only ones who are willing to bring change and who can fight for it”.