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Woman from the Oran Province, Algeria

Woman from the Tafraoui region in the south of the Oran Province in north western Algeria. Date: 1906

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© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection

Afro Algeria Algerian Blouse Breast Dancer Entertainer Erotic Exotic Exposing Geiser Oran Region Southern


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This evocative photograph captures the enigmatic figure of a woman from the Tafraoui region in the south of the Oran Province in north western Algeria, dated 1906. The woman, adorned in traditional attire, exudes a sense of mystery and allure with her exposed left breast and low-cut blouse. Her hair, styled in an afro, adds to her exotic and erotic appeal. The woman's origins lie in the rich history and cultural traditions of Africa, specifically in the northern region of Algeria. At the turn of the 20th century, the region was under French colonial rule, and this photograph offers a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous people during that time. Despite the colonial context, it is important to note that this image should not be reduced to a mere exotic or erotic representation. The woman's pose and attire may have been influenced by European artistic and cultural norms of the time, but they also reflect her own agency and the complexities of her identity as an Algerian woman living in a rapidly changing world. The photograph is a poignant reminder of the complex history of Algeria and the resilience of its people. It invites us to reflect on the interplay of power, culture, and identity in the context of colonialism and to appreciate the beauty and diversity of African women's experiences.

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