Halal

Halāl (permissible) is any object or action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to religion (Islamic law). The term covers and designates not only food and drink but also all matters of daily life. Something deemed Halal is considered good, the right way to be or do, and favoured in the eyes of God. In many places, including Middle-East where I come from, there are boundless liberties available to men. The male body is considered correct and accepted as “halal”. Yet, in contrast, the female body for example is considered ‘haram’ (forbidden) in many cases and must be covered, hidden and remain indoors. It is more or less the same for most of Islamic sects and cultures, yet the words Halāl and Haram for me are extremely abstract concepts that disembody and segregate, imposing right and wrong with extreme prejudice. Through these works, I lament on the disembodiment, literal and figurative, that surrounds the halal male body and attempt to return it to its rightful place.