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Shadi Ghadirian , Like Every Day

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

“Challenging the international preconceptions of women’s roles within an Islamic state, Tehran-based artist Shadi Ghadirian’s photographs draw from her own experiences as a modern woman living within the ancient codes of Shariah law.”  In her work , Like Everyday , Ghadirian comments upon the daily repetitive routine to which many women find themselves appointed and by which many women are defined. By using domestic gifts she received after her wedding, she depicts a figure draped in a traditional Iranian chador. However , instead of a face, each figure has a common household item such as an iron, a tea cup, a broom, a pot or a pan. Hence , she portrays “a one-dimensional interpretation of housewives” , reducing these women identities to cooks and cleaners. Some are kind of funny, parodying universal stereotypes of females, from the choleric mother-in-law to the doormat wife, using the utensils to represent well-known characteristics.

Shadi Ghadirian can be seen at Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery until 6 May.

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