Upon My Daughter

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Upon My Daughter

Edition: 2/5
2010
Time Based Media
Single channel video
Duration: 6 minutes, 27 seconds
Purchased with funds provided by JoAnn Busuttil (M.2019.202)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Upon My Daughter features a young bride laying on a carpet in her wedding gown, subtly shifting uncomfortably throughout the duration of the video....
Upon My Daughter features a young bride laying on a carpet in her wedding gown, subtly shifting uncomfortably throughout the duration of the video. An older group of women collaborate to attend to her wedding preparations, applying her makeup, painting her nails, and embroidering her wedding gown. Rather than tailoring the dress made of thick, white satin to the bride’s body, each delicate stitch sutures the bride to the carpet she lays on, turning a mass of fabric and thread into a pseudo-cocoon. Her veil, made of a thin layer of white tulle, covers her face. While preparing to begin a new chapter of her life through marriage, each fine thread sewn into her garment and the carpet simultaneously symbolizes each piece of advice for the soon-to-be wife, crafting an allegory for the bonds between the bridge and her family, as well as the shared fate of women. Like many of her other works, Upon My Daughter also reflects on the Afghan culture in which Samizay was raised, the pressure of familial expectations, and the constraints women face, simultaneously addressing larger themes such as gender, identity, and displacement. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1981, Samizay now resides in Los Angeles, where she makes work that addresses issues of gender, identity, and displacement. Samizay received her Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Arizona and has participated in solo and group shows in the United States, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. She also contributes to anthologies of Afghan-American literature.
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