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Sanaa Hamid, a student of photography at UCA Rochester, has created this amazing project which aims to create discussions about cultural appropriation. In this project, two people on either sides of the issue are photographed wearing a controversial item.

“This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. Neutrality is key in this series, as i remove myself from my political and social status and opinions, stripping the problem to the most basic issue; taking an item that means a great deal to somebody and corrupting it.”

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If you’d like to be photographed, send an email to Sanaa at sanaahamid@yahoo.com

  • Briana

    This is so freaking cool!

  • KarleeJohnson

    What a great idea! I also love that this project uses items that we might not realize are appropriated (do people really wear turbans as fashion statements?)

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