During my visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh in April of 2017 I was astonished by its colorfulness.
My translator, Maleeha Hafiz, showed me around her university campus and it was amazing to see the diversity in clothes and colors. I decided to make a reportage of what the students girls wear and why.
In March/April 2017 I travelled to Bangladesh to make several photo reportages.
One of the things that amazed me were the man with orange beards that I saw on the street.
I decided to walk through Old Dhaka and ask every single man with an orange beard if I could take a picture of him.
When I asked why they dyed their hair, most said because of Prophet Muhammed. Who is believed to have dyed his hair with henna as well. And some said as a first reason because they think it’s beautiful.
Islam is the largest religion in Bangladesh. 90% of the population is Muslim. And although I have traveled to other Muslim countries I have never seen men who dyed their beards with henna. It made the already colorful streets of Old Dhaka even more colorful.
With big thanks to Maleeha Hafiz for being my translator in Dhaka.
My work got selected for the Zomerexpo 2017! Yihaa!
Three works from the series ‘Hide and Seek’ are on show in museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.
The theme of the exhibition is ‘water’ and it is really nice to wander through all the different water worlds.
So catch a wave to Zwolle and visit museum de Fundatie, the show is on till August 31st 2017.
Remko Dekker made two really nice movies about the Zomerexpo 2017, the first one is short impression of the opening, the second one a 30 minute documentary following three Zomerexpo participants. (both in dutch)
Wara’s closet! One thing is certain: it will make you happy 😀 and check out ELLE April 2017 for more.
Also Wara has a cool bag label (see bag in the pic below) called Donkey Bags ,which are sold at X BANK in Amsterdam.
Right now you can see my exhibition ‘Hide and Seek’ at FOCUS in Arnhem. FOCUS is a cosy arthouse theatre in the heart of Arnhem with very nice movies in a beautiful historical building. 12 January – 9 March 2017