Based on Gadigal Country (Sydney), Cigdem Aydemir works in the mediums of installation, performance and video art. Aydemir’s socially and politically engaged practice takes interest in postcolonial and feminist issues, and frequently explores the veil as a symbol of cultural identity. Drawing from lived experience, Aydemir examines the veiled woman as a resistant female other.

Veils on Veils is a moving image work which playfully blurs the line between art and advertising. The work questions the notion of there being an original, ideal or authoritative version of either Muslim or Western women. Drawing on the legacy of drag, the work performs a type of cultural cross-dressing. In this way, we might view the hairstyle as a veil unto itself, one that simultaneously conceals and reveals.

Cigdem Aydemir is represented by Finkelstein Gallery.

Ramsay Art Prize 2021

Cigdem Aydemir, born Sydney 1983, Veils on Veils I, II, III, 2020, Sydney, three-channel HD video, 1.08 minutes; Courtesy of the artist and Finkelstein Gallery, Melbourne, © Cigdem Aydemir, photo: Marion Moore.