As part of our Women of Influence issue in September, Lifestyle collaborated with ArtServe—the award-winning arts incubator based in Fort Lauderdale—on a pictorial feature inspired by the creative laboratory’s recent photography exhibition, “Superficial Impressions.” The images chosen by Lifestyle, taken by female photographers/artists spotlighted in the exhibit, speak to the web of feelings, fears, joys, and challenges experienced by women of all ages and backgrounds. In the online version of the story, Lifestyle presents additional images (connected to the exhibition series) by the featured photographers.
In this collection, Sibel focuses on the role of women supporting the traditions which suppress them, speci?cally traditions where women are physically and symbolically covered and hidden. Her culture encouraged the shame and concealment of women and girls. She believes women have become accustomed to this “disidenti?cation,” which is sometimes unconsciously passed to the next generation by women. She wonders why women’s bodies are still at the center of cultural taboos. She feels women’s rights are under attack in developed countries as well, and she wants to advocate for all women.