Iranian society has experienced numerous events during the modern and contemporary periods. Revolutions, coups d’états, strikes, sanctions, repressions, tyranny, and war have been repeated over and over, being experienced by almost every Iranian generation. The situation has been particularly difficult for women throughout the years because they have had to define and establish their position as one half of a rapidly changing society, traversing from tradition toward modernity and back again. Women have had to constantly redefine their position, in the same way as Iranian society itself has had to newly experience and delineate everything time and again.
This exhibition curated by Iranian artist-curator, Tarlan Rafiee, and supported by the Bread & Salt curatorial projects, presents the work of five intellectual female Iranian artists, Parvaneh Etemadi, Nargess Hashemi, Farah Ossouli, Rozita Sharafjahan and Golnaz Taheri, who represent a part of the modern and contemporary story of Iran, from the Persian Constitutional Revolution to the present day.