Symbolic Spaces: Marginalized Bedouin Women's Art as Self-Expression Academic Article uri icon


  • The following work was presented at the Imagine Conference in Israel. It aims to show the ways in which the arts can help outsiders (including policy makers) to “imagine” and thus to understand, through the arts, the issues that marginalized Bedouin women face. However, most important, the symbolic depiction of the women's lives, drawn, exhibited, and discussed together among themselves, is shown to enable the women, through “imaging” the problems and oppressions that they face, to “imagine” ways of conceptualizing and solving these problems—understanding them as complex forms of social oppression rather than as manifestations of personal or inherent weaknesses.

publication date

  • January 1, 2007