Liz Taylor in a hijab and Obama in a thobe: Western celebs go East for the day
Hollywood stars are probably more used to the kind of make-over that comes from the work of a hairstylist, make-up artist or - let's face it - cosmetic surgeon. But, Bahraini artist Mohammed Kanoo has proved that a bit of imagination and artistic prowess can make for a bigger transformation than all the collagen in LA.
In 'A Question of Identity' - the artist's recent exhibition at Dubai's Meem Gallery - Kanoo took celebrities like Angelina Jolie and John Travolta out of designer threads and into Arab clothing. And he didn't stop at Hollywood - turning his attention to Washington even Barak Obama couldn't escape the Arab treatment. Continue reading below »
This exhibition is about a lot more than clothing though. Through this presentation of famous westerners, Kanoo has suggested that regardless of origin, dress, religion or political sway we are all one and the same. Importantly his pieces hint towards the necessity of greater social tolerance in a complicated world - now that's an idea even the best nose job couldn't evoke!
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