Andres Serrano: Istanbul (Sisters), 1996
Signed and numbered in pencil on verso (8/125*)
Image size: 10 x 8 in./25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Paper size: 12 x 10 in./30.5 x 25.4 cm.)
Corner mounted to window mat (14 x 18 in./35.5 x 45.7 cm.)
Edition Note: This print was issued as a benefit for Light Work. Though their sight indicates an edition of 50, Serrano's own numbering on the verso indicates an edition of 125.
"Istanbul (Sisters) (1996)...continues Serrano’s longstanding interest in religious symbolism and his investigations of the politicization of the human body. The photograph depicts two women veiled in the Islamic tradition of hijab. Rather than expressing an explicit political position, the photograph quietly challenges viewers to ponder religious values and cultural assumptions. The title, Istanbul (Sisters), transforms the implications of the sisters' concealing attire by indicating that the portrait's context is Turkey's capital. Officially a secular state, Turkey has prohibited women to wear headscarves in public buildings and universities since 1980. Thus, their attire may be a deliberate choice or defiant expression of faith rather than an imposed social or religious obligation."--Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago.