Art exhibit lifts the veil on stereotypes of Muslim women

The women are portrayed in striking, powerful poses and in modest fashion.

Cherri Gregg
September 13, 2018 - 9:26 pm
Titled "Covered," Yusef Abdule Jaleel's exhibition features rotoscope digital illustrations in vibrant colors, depicting Muslim women of color in striking, powerful poses and in modest fashion.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new art exhibit highlights the diversity of Muslim women. 

Titled "Covered," the exhibition features rotoscope digital illustrations in vibrant colors, depicting Muslim women of color in striking, powerful poses and in modest fashion.

"You don't have to show it all in order to show your femininity," said Yusef Abdule Jaleel, the artist behind it all. 

As a black Muslim man, he said he navigates the world rather unbothered. Muslim women, however, often get the brunt of hate, as they are sometimes viewed as terrorists or oppressed by religion.

"There are these stereotypes associated with Muslim women," he added. "The whole thing with the all black, the burka — I just wanted to show something outside of that."

Jaleel — who is actually colorblind — said the way he sees the world amplified the colors in his pieces.

The free exhibit opens Sept. 15th at Art Sanctuary. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.