The veil has become a contested symbol of ethnic and cultural identity. But it was not always this way. The earliest evidence for veiling is an Assyrian legal text dating from the thirteenth century BC, requiring women of clearly defined social status to wear veils, and prohibiting prostitutes and slaves from doing so. At that time, the veil was used to distinguish respectable women from those who were publicly available, and to ward off evil spirits.
This series begins with a model, Olive, wearing several different veils that hide her face. In the second part of the series, the veil is used to wrestle with, and ultimately to ward off, evil spirits.