France's Burqa Dilemma


Compare with original painting by Matisse.
How would the artist fix the problem?

04/13/2011 - 13:47

hamsade ghadimi

good one ari.

by hamsade ghadimi on

good one ari. 

p.s. i agree with the burqa ban as well as the minaret ban in switzerland.

David ET

Another great work

by David ET on

keep it up sir

Ali A Parsa

Whither French Intelligence?

by Ali A Parsa on

Just think of all the time and intelligence wasted to beat around this subject that is a non-issue as presented with potential for start another Crusade! Imagine if the French had stated this reasoning to justify their ban on burqua. Everyone has a right to be terrified at the sight of a moving figure all covered up excpet the two eyes. Therefore this should have been presented as a nessary step to address a national security problem. In every Moslem country including Iran one can clearly identify a woman at the first sight. The use of burga is almost exception and limited to minor tribal or fanatic societies and certainly not in France. 






Vicious circle...

by پندارنیک on

Any room left for modesty?


nice contrast in your ring around the rosey

by MM on

I can imagine that the Burqa will be a hit-costume in the next Haloween, if they have it in France!  I wonder if the French Haloweerers with Burqas will get arrested too?

PS, your cartoon reminded me of the game "musical chairs", but here the woman with the Burqa always ends up standing and without a chair to sit!

Ari Siletz

Thanks JJ

by Ari Siletz on

I actually tried to make the modified painting "work," following Matisse's explicit intentions (to my eye) with his original lines. But I could not sensibly follow the implicit character and mindset of the original with a burqa. For example, despite appearences there are two men in this painting (two in the original; only one can be seen in the modification). Can you see what the men are doing? (hint: got milk?)

There is more to the burqa issue than meets our reasoning. The full motive for some actions are buried in a primitive layer than art can reach but words cannot. This debate can profitably expand into the art realm. So hopefully we will see more artwork from IC folks on both sides of the issue.  Poems, stories, cartoons, "photoshaping"...qualify.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

.... brillllliant :)

hilarious! :D