Inara

The photographer's 'Inara' is a body of photos about the Middle East. In a changed world after 'Nine-Eleven' the photographer, in her quest for justice and truth, often works in conflict and near, - or post-conflict zones. Den Ouden wishes to combat the collective anxiety about Islam that Western governments are cultivating. Particularly since the conservative America of George Bush avails itself of terms like 'Muslim Fundamentalists', 'axis of evil' and 'war on terror' in an effort to stir up a sense of fear. Den Ouden wanted to experience for herself how justified this anxiety is, and made extensive trips through the Middle East with her camera. She recorded the daily life of the Islamic world, which appears to be far from as threatening as is often suggested in the West. The photographer entitled her series 'INARA' Arabic for 'enlightenment'. "Because of the insight I obtained for myself and hope to convey to others", explains the photographer, who made the work with several grants from the Foundation of Visual Arts, Design and Architecture in Amsterdam.