Belgin Yucelen’s sculpture the “Calligraphy Dress” will be on display at the “6th Annual International Exhibit of Contemporary Islamic Art” exhibition as part of the Islamic Art Revival Series in the Irving Arts Center in Texas . This dress is part of the artist’s Clothes from the Past Installation, comprised of dresses and shoes similar to those worn by Turkish women from the 17th to 19th centuries.
It was de rigueur for calligraphy to be used in clothing, prayer rugs and covers for the sarcophagi found in Ottoman tombs of important personages. Belgin Yucelen wrote the letters of the word aimra’a meaning “woman” in Arabic in a way to seem like they are floating in the wind or falling to emphasize the delicate fragility of women in Islamic cultures. This dress is a hope to protect the women against inequality and injustice.