© 2019 by Vethan Sautour.

    MIDDLE-EAST

    oil and pencil

    100 x 150 cm

    2016

    This work symbolises a very important passage in the life of many muslim women. In many countries of the Middle-East, as soon as a woman has her first menstruation, she starts wearing the veil and therewith leaves her childhood behind. 

     

    This is not problematic as long as it is a choice - it becomes a problem, when there isn't room for one. Also, at times the first menstruations can be synonymous of forced marriages. In some cases even, judges have agreed to marrying little girls even before they had gotten their periods based on subjective factors, at the age of six or nine years old. Some women in this situation reported that they were basically raised by their husband.  ​