Probably the most famous graffiti artist in the world, Banksy has targeted a wide variety of social and political causes, sending messages through his creative works of art.

Though his August piece of a niqabi woman is old news in the western world, it hasn't been brought to much reflection in the Middle East. Featuring a niqab clad woman in an apron that gives her the appearance of wearing a bikini, the piece is a hit to conservative values. Though only the woman's eyes are showing, her body language and stare give her a challenging yet intriguing disposition. She may be in her rightful place - modestly cooking - but one look at the fire in her eyes is enough to convince the world of her spirit.

I applaud Banksy for his provocative work, as many woman who wear niqab are forced to do so. Feminism has yet to catch up in the Arab world, and sensitive pieces like this - though controversial - really hit home with their inherent message.

It's about time we have our own wave of women's rights.

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I think there are other ways to look at this piece of work. Just an exchange of views, I feel that what Banksy was trying to do here was to challenge people perspectives of looking at things. Creating the association of cooking / female body apron / and female clothes which in today's culture we would think of things related to woman. There is no indication that the figure is female, nor can you tell by the skin color what race or religion, someone that cooks doesn't necessary have to be female as well. We should be reminded that we have internalize racism and have almost sub-consciously categorized these things. It was only brilliant because when you realize what he did, you have already connected it to race/genders/religion, creating a problem when there isn't any. All the comments people have made are the result of what he is trying to say of today's culture. :) just how I see it. But where you were coming from seems possible as well.

Christine Frangelico Lim on Nov 4, 2014 via web