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Voices of the Other Half: Photography From the Omid Foundation

12 Apr 2012 – 21 Apr 2012

Rossi & Rossi

London, United Kingdom

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Since 2007, the Omid Foundations have used participartory photography workshops as a therapeutic tool for marginalized young women in Iran, providing means to communicate their perspectives as well as a voyage of self-discovering, connecting with feelings and thoughts which may have been hidden for many years. A group of 11 girls spent seven months exploring the idea of what is meant by being a woman. Making use of photography, they engaged in the world outside their own, then observed and framed reality with a new perspective. This exhibition, Voices of the Other Half, displays results of this rediscovery process. The project is led by Shandi Ghadirian, an Iranian photographer working at the Museum of Photography in Tehran. Her work is intimately linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran, questioning the role of women in society and exploring ideas of censorship, religion, modernity, and the status of women. Her works are in major public collections such as British Museum, Centre Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum and Saatchi Collection, and have been exhibited internationally. The Omid Foundations were established to help vulnerable young women in Iran to transform their lives by strengthening the social, emotional and economic competencies, and to provide them with a sense of self-worth and with the opportunities to experience a full range of life options through self-empowerment, education and training. For more about The Omid Foundations, please visit their website. Date: 12 - 21 April 2012 Venue: Rossi & Rossi

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