Waheeda Malullah, from the series 'Light'

Waheeda Malullah, from the series 'Light'

Waheeda Malullah
Born Bahrain, 1978. Lives Bahrain
From the series 'Light'
2006
Inkjet print on rag paper
British Museum: 2010, 6031.2
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

Waheeda Malullah uses playfulness and humour to explore social rules, and in particular the roles women play in Islamic society. In the series 'Light' she records a performance staged expressly for the camera. By lying down next to tombs in Bahrain she exaggerates the Shi'i Muslim custom of seeking blessing by touching the tombs of revered people. These stylised compositions are also studies of form, light and shadow.