Nsenga Knight‘s As the Veil Turns Photography Series About Black Muslim Women Prior to 1975 Now Available at Saatchi Art

Both signed Original – Limited Edition prints and Open Edition Fine Art prints of my As the Veil Turnsphotography series are newly available to purchase at Saatchi Art. Below is detailed information about the As the Veil Turnsphotography series and the types of prints that are available to purchase.

About As the Veil Turns

As the Veil Turns is Nsenga Knight’s photography, video and oral history series about Black women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and founded many of America’s oldest still-existing Muslim communities. Knight photographed and interviewed the women in her Brooklyn mosque community to capture their stories and share their experiences from their own voices and perspectives.

Knight was inspired to create As the Veil Turnsafter an important elder in her Brooklyn mosque community died. “On the way to her funeral, I packed into a car with some of her closest friends. Upon learning that I was an artist and filmmaker, they urged me to collect and preserve their stories knowing that their entire generation would soon pass on” says Knight. 

1975 was a critical time in the Black community because this marked the largest religious conversion in America when Elijah Muhammad died and his millions of followers collectively converted to Sunni Islam. The women who had identified as Muslims prior to this time came from a variety of religious expressions and they each shifted in their spiritual expression, visual expression, and sometimes even changed their names to outwardly claim their identities as Muslims during a time in America when very few people had even learned about Islam. 

Knight states, “I chose to photograph my subjects in 35mm Black and White film to preserve the association of their representation with the notion of historical preservation. Each woman sits in a meditative or worshipful position associated with Islamic rituals of dhikr or salat.”

About Signed Limited Edition Prints

As the name suggests, only a limited number of prints will be made available for purchase. For example, if the artist is selling a limited run of 50 prints, once those 50 prints have sold, that limited edition will no longer be available to purchase. The exclusive nature of a limited edition print effectively raises its value and, therefore, its price. The As the Veil Turns limited edition prints are available as 20 x 30 and 30 x 20 inch individually signed and hand-numbered prints. Purchase As the Veil Turns Signed Limited Edition Prints here.

About Open Edition Fine Art Prints

Unlike limited edition prints, open edition prints may be endlessly reproduced by the artist. Because there’s no limit to the number of prints that can be made, an open edition print is priced lower than a limited edition print. As the Veil Turns open edition prints are available framed or unframed in Photo Paper, Fine Art Paper, and Canvas. Sizes range from 8×12 to 32 x 48 inches. Purchase As the Veil Turns Open Edition Fine Art Prints here.