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© Elin Berge

Elin Berge began photographing young Muslim women in their veils after several national and international debates on this symbolically charged piece of cloth. Why do young Muslim women living in the west want to wear the veil?

Does the veil really differ from other religious or cultural ways of covering the sexualized female body? Through portraits and quotes, this work gives a voice to a group of women that often are discussed, but seldom heard in the debate. The photographs show young Swedish women expressing themselves with their clothes. The viewer gets to meet women in young trendy outfits combined with chic veils in pink, baggy style matched with white sporty veils, or traditional black niqabs. There are girls from different backgrounds, and with different opinions about how a veil should look and why it should be used.

text and images © Elin Berge

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