Willingness to Act, 2010

Client:

Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain

Year:

2010

Is a video of the artist walking with the artist Alessandro Rauschmann on his knees like a dog, while wearing a daffa, a traditional Bahraini Islamic apparel. The video is the re-enactment of Western feminist icon Valie Export at the peak of the feminist movement in Europe, where she did the same on the streets of Vienna in 1968. The opportunity to explore this subject was a suggestion by the German artist Alessandro Rauschmann, with the intention to re-enact Western art history in Bahrain. I agreed because I wanted to experience the radical, the forbidden, the rebellious and more importantly, feminism as I knew it in 2010.