Through this work I hope to recognize the necessity in showing the complex relationships that lay beneath the surface of the image. In this work, I deliberately refuse to romanticize my culture, and try to strip away the prevailing imagery of The Other- the desert, the veiled woman. Here, the complexity of Iranian society refuses to be reduced to the question of hejab, but instead must be understood in terms of the competing forces of tradition and change. In exploring the multiplicity of political attitudes, I hope to reveal the reality of life in Iran with all its contradictions and ambiguities, exploring the trans-cultural attitudes and habits that exist as a result of the expanse of globalization.
All images © courtesy of Sanaz Mazinani