Veil, Unveiled is a compilation of images of women cloaked in the traditional “hijab” (veil) while praying, meditating, celebrating or protesting. It raises the controversial issue of the Islamic veil, without giving an answer to it. “In my art I do not critique the practice, as it is an integral element of my subject's identity and uniqueness,” stated Tal. “I prefer to leave the purpose of the veil's presence up to the viewer's interpretation.”
The scrutinizing Western eye can see so many things in the presence of the veil: a fashion accessory or adornment increasing the mystery of the eternal feminine, a sign of enforced law, a devout expression or a symbol of ethnic and religious identity in traditional Muslim society. Tal's striking work has been seen in both private and public museum collections, as well as major art fairs around the world. To attend the opening, learn more about Drew Tal and his work, contact Mary Nguyen.