Friday, 12 November 2010


Just read about Princess Hijab, a mysterious Paris-based grafitti artist who paints black Muslim veils on fashion advertising posters found on the Paris metro.  Her identity is a secret as is her religious persuasion (the journalist who she deigned to meet wasn't sure she was even female).  Whatever it is, I admire the audacious courage of her work.  The French government is currently trying to make wearing the hijab illegal in public places citing the state-endorsed secularism France has lived with since the Revolution but in parallel to this is the fact that islamophobia is rife in France so it smacks of something undemocratic and faintly sinister.  Her work is irreverant, gets people talking and more importantly strikes at the heart of the debate on multiculturalism.

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