Collection Online
black and white digital video, sound
4 min 25 sec (looped)
Place/s of Execution
Helsinki, Finland
ed. 1/5
Accession Number
Contemporary Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Suzanne Dawbarn Bequest, 2017
© Adel Abidin Courtesy Adel Abidin and Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai
Gallery location
Not on display
Cover-up! recreates the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe, from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, where a breeze rising from a subway grate provocatively lifts her dress. Replacing the iconic siren with an Arab man, and Monroe’s white dress with a kandora, Abidin considers how global politics informs identity, and he plays with Western preconceptions of the East. The work’s title suggests not only standards of female decorum but also political corruption. With humour and irony the artist addresses themes of cultural alienation by referencing racial stereotypes, pop culture and traditional icons.