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Brushstrokes: Bodies, Beauty and Boundaries

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These artworks focus on sexuality, bodily autonomy, and the importance of a pleasure-affirming approach to sexuality.

Women’s bodies are considered as symbols of izzat and abru (honour and dignity) making it the woman’s responsibility to ‘protect’ her sexuality, while at the same time, her sexuality is controlled by patriarchs.

A room of one’s own is often the only space where a woman can safely explore her sexuality – a privilege that is not afforded to all.