"With the sculpture 'Diva', I have tried to get closer to Um Kalthum by deconstructing her persona: her glasses, her hair, her scarf, her earrings and her voice. I have played the game with her..."
May Ghousoub, feminist writer, artist, and publisher, died at age of 55 last week. I never had a chance to meet her in person, but I know her through her writings and the wrtings of others that she made available through Dar Al Saqi, the publishing house she established in London. You can read an interview with her here (in Arabic). Also check the tribute for her at KABOBfest: Remembering Mai Ghoussoub (1952-2007).