What Depictions of Nefertiti Say about the Way Society Views Gender and Race
February 19, 2019
In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.