West by East

Shadi Ghadirian


Shadi Ghadirian also explores her Iranian homeland, in addition to the complex relationship that exists between women and the socio-cultural issues that have swept a nation. With West by East, the artist photographs women against a plain backdrop and uses the gestures of a black marker on the image to symbolically illustrate how female subjectivity is shaped by traditions within Iranian society. By drawing upon the contradictions of everyday life in Iran, Ghadirian uses her environment and culture to create a compelling portrait of Iranian women.

Curated by Koorosh Farhadpour