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  • Nil Yalter, Untitled (Black Veil), 2018, ink-jet prints on Dibond, polyester fabric, 68 7⁄8 × 55 1⁄8".

    Nil Yalter

    Museum Ludwig

    Half a century ago, Nil Yalter broached issues that others dare not touch even today—female genital mutilation, for example. Her video The Headless Woman or the Belly Dance, 1974, shows her writing on her body, the text spiraling over her naked belly an excerpt from the French poet and historian René Nelli about the clitoris as the center of female sexual pleasure and the persistent practice of cutting it. Then the artist, a native of Cairo who was raised in Istanbul, performs a belly dance, her marked-up torso epitomizing the contrast between the oppression of female sexuality and the aggressive

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