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Boushra Almutawakel is an artist born in 1969 in Sana’a, Yemen.
She studied in the USA and Yemen, obtaining a BSBA in International Business at the American University in Washington, DC. It was during her time as a student, that she became interested in photography, and worked as a photojournalist on the university newspaper and yearbook, and as a photo lab assistant at the School of Communications. On her return to Yemen in 1994 she worked mainly as an educational adviser but continued developing her photographic work, participating in many group exhibitions.
In 1996 she was a founding member of the Al-Halaqa in Sana’a, an artists’ group which created a space for discussions and exhibitions and forged links with international artists.
In 1998, Boushra became a full-time photographer, and some of her clients have included the UN, CARE International, the Royal Netherlands Embassy. In 1999, she was honored as the first Yemeni Woman Photographer, with a number of other Yemeni women pioneers by the Empirical Research and Women’s Studies Centre at Sana’a University. In 2001 Boushra won a World Studio Foundation Scholarship toward her study for a Diploma in Advertising Photography at the Portfolio Centre, Atlanta, completing the program in 2002. As a photo student, she won several prizes. Her work has been published many magazines, featured in journals and photo blogs.
From 2005-6 she worked at the Ministry of Human Rights in Sana’a, focusing on women’s issues, while also pursuing her photography.
«Just because a woman is covered, wears all black, doesn't mean her brains are covered. Some amazingly strong women, who are activists, politicians, women, who stand for something are covered; for them it doesn't pose and impediment. The West may judge them based on what they wear but there's so much more than that. The West needs to look beyond the veil. The veil is just something you wear...