ARAB DOLLS: Maya, Zeina, Racha and Yara by Carlo Massoud
Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, the installation at The Armory Show is made possible by the non-profit organization House of Today, dedicated to the enrichment of Lebanon’s design culture.
Lebanese designer Carlo Massoud launched Maya, Zeina, Racha and Yara, a limited edition collection of sixty dolls rising from the ground in fifteen symmetrical rows that both captivate and challenge our traditional understanding of the feminine garment. These wooden dolls adapt the concept of covering and concealing to a new function, material and scale. The dolls, empty from the inside, convey a sense of discretion and mystery, all while asserting individuality even in their regimented presentation. In western media, the veil has come to symbolize or justify assumptions about gender roles in the region.