Challenging the Forces of Xenophobia with Art

December 23, 2011

By David Walker

© Jan Banning

Jan Banning's "National Identities" project includes his version of Manet's "Olympia" painting.

With a new series of images called “National Identities,” Dutch photographer Jan Banning re-creates works by Old Masters with a multicultural twist as a means of challenging the rising forces of xenophobia in Europe. His version of Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” (c. 1657) for instance, features a young Muslim woman wearing a headscarf, reading by...

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