YUMNA AL-ARASHI


YEMENI - AMERICAN - b. WASHINGTON, D.C.

SHEDDING SKIN, 2017



Yumna Al Arashi’s Shedding Skin takes as its jumping off point the harem; long a representation for the Orientalist gaze where the desire has been to unveil and save the brown women. Using the homosocial nature of interaction amongst the women in these private spaces, the filmmaker meditates on the nature of subjugation by this very western gaze that seeks to destroy and control the body of the other.

Through a close look and using the same tools of representation, she reveals the similarity in humanity amongst these women, in their gestures of affection to each other and their interaction. She realizes her own role as a diasporic woman and her metaphorical coming-home to this culture.


Mark