Bombshell, 2013

Single Channel HD Video with sound

11 min 3 sec

Bombshell playfully explores the image and idea of the burqa or niqab as possible terrorist threat while referencing Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress scene in the Seven Year Itch. As the niqab undulates, ominous clouds and the sound of thunder (or distant bombs?) give the scene ambiguous menace. Cigdem Aydemir's practice interrogates the void between body and dress as well as its social and political implications. Bombshell continues her exploration of the veiled woman cipher as resistant female Other and as lived experience.


Videography: Kenneth Simpson
Lighting: Marion Moore