She Who Tells a Story Audio Guide

Listen to the She Who Tells a Story audio guide to learn more about the exhibition and selected works.

Explore She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through in-depth discussions from the curators and some of the artists featured in the exhibition (April 8–July 31, 2016). Hear the artists tell their stories in their own voices.

Transcripts of the audio clips are also available.


Introduction by Kathryn Wat

Chief Curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wat discusses how women artists are at the forefront of photo-based art and how the exhibition provides a fresh perspective on women in the Middle East.


Introduction by Kristen Gresh

Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Gresh introduces the three themes of She Who Tells a Story and how the exhibition formed.


Untitled, from the series “The Hijab,” 2001

Boushra Almutakawel
Almutakawel discusses her photograph of a young woman posing with a head covering, or hijab, made from the U.S. flag.


“Mother, Daughter, Doll” series, 2010

Boushra Almutawakel
Almutakawel explores a trend toward the excessive covering of women and girls’ bodies in some parts of the Middle East.


Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009

Tanya Habjouqa
Habjouqa chooses to portray “human stories” and focus on women as subjects in her series “Women of Gaza.”


Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009

Tanya Habjouqa
Habjouqa explores moments of joy for young Palestinian students.


Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009

Tanya Habjouqa
Habjouqa describes how a Gazan university student seated on a bench grabbed her attention.


Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009

Tanya Habjouqa
Habjouqa examines women’s resilience and pursuit of joy in a war zone.


Untitled, from the series “Women of Gaza,” 2009

Tanya Habjouqa
Habjouqa discusses her photograph of young women at a public gym and the significance of their dress.


Untitled VI, from the series “Negative Incursions,” 2002

Rula Halawani
Halawani discusses her records of a deadly invasion in the West Bank.


Reem, Doha, Lebanon, from the series “A Girl and Her Room,” 2009

Rania Matar
Matar discusses the universal experience of growing up.


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