SHARJAH: Sheikh Khalid Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, director-general of the Directorate of Public Works, Sharjah, opened iCover, a photo documentary exhibition by American journalist and artist Sadaf Sayed at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation on Thursday.
Manal Ataya, director general of the Sharjah Museums Department, US Consul General Justin Siberell and a group of people interested in Islamic arts were present on t he occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Manal Ataya said that the exhibition comes as part of a series of activities by the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation which aim at highlighting the principles of “our true religion and the influential role of the authentic Islamic civilisation which is deeply rooted not only in its glorious history but also in contemporary art and scientific achievements by Muslims that are of benefit to world societies.”
“We are proud that Sharjah is one of the first Arab destinations to host renowned artist Sadaf Sayed and her distinguished photographic works that received great international interest,” Manal said.
She added: “We believe that hosting iCover exhibition represents an important opportunity for the public in Sharjah and other emirates to know the nature of the daily lives of the Muslim woman within Muslim and non-Muslim societies while preserving an important part of her Islamic identity by wearing her head cover Hijab.”
Manal said the exhibition also provides an excellent chance to introduce Sadaf’s art work that depicts Muslim womens’ daily lives through impressive pictures that deserve the appreciation of the roles and contributions of Muslim women.
Expressing her pride for participating in the exhibition, artist Sadaf said she was honoured to showcase her works.
She added: “iCover, the photo documentary exhibition gained admiration from many people interested in contemporary photography, especially because the pictures are depicting the daily lives of American Muslim women who wear Hijab and highlighting some of the most difficult moments they have been through.”