02 January 2008

Made in Tehran ~ Six Women's Perspectives

"Untitled" © Hamila Vakili

In The Guardian today you will find this notice of an exhibition of work by a half-dozen young (b. 1974-1981), female Iranian photographers. The exhibition is showing through mid-January at Cicero-Galerie für politische Fotografie (Berlin). The six photographers are: Mehraneh Atashi, Gohar Dasthi, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Shadi Ghadirian, Hamila Vakili and Newsha Tavakolian. As The Guardian piece makes clear, the six all are trying to complicate what are common, overly simplistic views of the place of women in Iranian society and politics.

From Mother of Martyr Series © Newsha Tavakolian

From Be Colorful Series © Shadi Ghadirian

From Peepholes Series © Ghazeleh Hedayat

From Family Albums Series © Gohar Dashti

From Zourkaneh Series © Mehraneh Atashi
You will notice that, uniformly, these women rely in one or another way on indirection - mirrors, re-photographs, partial obstruction, reframing - to create space for reflexivity, something that is sorely missing, I think, in most Western conceptions of Iran generally and of the women who live there in particular. It would be great to see this show travel to the States.
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P.S.: A nice slideshow of work from the exhibition accompanies this notice of the exhibition in Spiegel International Online.

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