┐ Sara Rahbar └

© Sara Rahbar, Untitled, from the series Love arrived & How red, photography, 2008 © Sara Rahbar, Trapped in Dark Night with Nowhere to Run, I Have Died a Million Times Every Night in this Bed (left) + Kurdistan Flag #5 (right), from the series Flags, mixed media + textiles, 2005-2010 © Sara Rahbar, Solitary (left) + Anonymously yours (right), from the series Confessions of a Sinner, mixed media, 2011/12 Rahbar seems to meditate on the flag like a monk would stare at an icon. “It represents my father and so many, many promises and hopes of tomorrow … It … Continue reading ┐ Sara Rahbar └

┐ Shirana Shahbazi └

© Shirana Shahbazi, Mercedes, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 © Shirana Shahbazi, Stilleben, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 Echoing statements by Roland Barthes, Shahbazi commented recently, “Photography is a simple, stupid medium.”2 In fact, photography is dumbfounding; it communicates in a purely visual language. Yet, without a frame to contextualize these visions, photography fails to speak. Most recently for Shahbazi, that context has been the normalized cultural forms of photography, those genre images of landscape, portrait, and still life whose history lies less with photography than with painting. Yet her photographs draw our attention to the … Continue reading ┐ Shirana Shahbazi └

║ Zeinab Salarvand ║

© Zeinab Salarvand, Untitled, from the series Interior, Exteriorer, 2007 © Zeinab Salarvand, Untitled, from the series Interior, Exteriorer, 2007 “Standing on pedestrian bridges, observing people in their fast moving shiny wheel-boxes, fantasizing about each and every story of theirs or sitting on the top of a hill looking down on the City, staring at the numerous lights and neon, watching the people and their lifestyles… is my hobby for years. Now, I’m above all of those straight and curvy lines, small boxes and buildings which I myself surely passed by once. Among them, there is a place in which … Continue reading ║ Zeinab Salarvand ║

║ Sara Rahbar ║

© Sara Rahbar, Flag #15 With these Eyes, fromThe Flag series, 2008 © Sara Rahbar, Untitled #10, from the series You are safe here with me, 2008 “We left our woes behind, with only echoes of our previous lives remaining. Seeking continuation, time and refuge, human beings attempting to survive our selves, our lives, and our present locations. My work is my story told, it is a direct reflection of the constant questioning of the who I am, what and where is home, and why I am here. It is the mirror image of my life, my geographic locations, my … Continue reading ║ Sara Rahbar ║

║ Shadi Ghadirian ║

 © Shadi Ghadirian, Domestic Life #4, from the series Like Every Day (Domestic Life), 2002  © Shadi Ghadirian, Domestic Life #7, from the series Like Every Day (Domestic Life), 2002 © Shadi Ghadirian, Domestic Life #13, from the series Like Every Day (Domestic Life), 2002 “Ghadirian made her Like Every Day Series after her marriage to fellow photographer, Peyman Hooshmand-zadeh. In this body of work, Ghadirian comments upon the daily repetitive routine to which many women find themselves consigned and by which many women are defined. Each of these color photographs depicts a figure draped in patterned fabric in place … Continue reading ║ Shadi Ghadirian ║

║ Anoush Abrar ║

© Anoush Abrar, Catherine, from the series Californication, 2003 © Anoush Abrar, Marianna, from the series Californication, 2003 “The film studios, the celebrities, the entertainment capital of the United States- the state of California revolves around the film industry and its success. Projecting an image of fame and fortune, beauty and happiness, Hollywood draws people like a magnet. I started this photo project in Los Angeles because I wanted to get as close as possible to the young people who flocked to this city seeking fame and fortune. The main idea was to focus on women ? the hopeful starlets … Continue reading ║ Anoush Abrar ║

║ Shirin Neshat ║

© Shirin Neshat, Untitled, from the series Zarin, 2005 © Shirin Neshat, Untitled, from the series Zarin, 2005 “My themes always seem to develop as a personal inquiry toward certain issues that I am faced with as an individual; for example my resentment and questions toward political powers or events such as the Islamic revolution (1979) that has determined the course of my life and so many other Iranians’. Consequently this path naturally has pulled me toward a larger cultural investigation, which I happen to care deeply about. Therefore, to properly analyze my work, one must always consider both its … Continue reading ║ Shirin Neshat ║