I am a woman and I live in Iran. I am a photographer
and this is
the only thing I know how to do. I began work after completing
my studies. Quite by accident, the subjects of my first two series
were "women". However, since then, every time I think about a
new series, in a way it is related to women.
It does not make a difference to me what place the Iranian woman
has in the world because I am sure no one knows much about it.
Perhaps the only mentality of an outsider about the Iranian woman
is a black chador, however I try to portray all the aspects of
Iranian woman. And this completely depends on my own situation.
When I did the Qajar series of photographs, I had just graduated
and the duality and contradiction of life at that time provided
motive for me to display this contrast: a woman who one can not
say to what time she belongs; a photograph from two eras; a woman
who is dazed; a woman who is not connected to the objects in
her possession. It was very natural that after marriage, vacuum
cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs;
woman with a different look, a woman who no matter in what part
of the world she is living, still has these kinds of apprehensions.
This time the woman is convicted of a daily repetitive routine
for this reason I named the series "Like Every Day". Now I know
what I wish to say with my photographs. Until know I have had
many photographs which show women as second class citizens
or depict the censorship of women.
I wish to continue speaking of women because I still have a lot
to say. These are my words as a woman and the
words of all the other women
who live in Iran where being a woman has its own unique system.
Although ultimately I create these photographs in my personal
however I follow social issues. The photographs are not authentic
documentations but deal with current social issues.