UN/COVERINGS: Mennonite & Muslim Women’s Heads and Hearts

November 1, 2022 to June 11, 2023, Museum

Why do Muslim head coverings cause such visceral reactions? Do Mennonite bonnets provoke the same response? And when the vast majority of both North American Mennonite and Muslim women don’t veil at all, why do these head coverings receive so much (and such different) public attention?

In reality, Mennonite and Muslim women represent so much variation and contrast within and beyond their communities. Their stories and identities are as complex and creative as the clothes they wear.

If you think you know these women, just wait. UN/COVERINGS turns stereotypes on their head!

Region of Waterloo Museums designed this exhibit in collaboration between Dr. Laura Morlock, lecturer at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Fashion, and Dr. Cristina Moreno-Almeida, Lecturer and Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London.

UN/COVERINGS is a multimedia, fashion-based installation that invites visitors to challenge their own biases and stereotypes around religious head coverings.

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Igor Mashkov slash Scopio

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