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We together

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I’ve just returned from a wonderful visit to Graz, Austria, where I attended the opening of the group exhibition ‘We Together’, curated by Maryam Mohammadi.

“We together” brings together female artists with backgrounds in the Middle East, as well as in Europe and the USA. They have in common that they are critical in their photography and video work with female identities and everyday environments, personal situations, dependencies, gender roles and the political changes in a regional as well as global context. 14 different views on women by women.

My work from ‘Hamida’s camp pregnancy‘ was included among the work by fantastic artists like Boushra Almutawakel, Raeda Saadeh, Sonja Hamid and Emine Gozde Sevim to name just a few.

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Raeda Saadeh danced during an intense and haunting performance at the vernissage, visited by a big crowd. Meeting her, getting to know her work, spending some days with both her and Maryam has been heartwarming. Raeda’s vision as an artist, Maryam’s drive and passion to show the world a different view and get people together and connected is incredibly inspiring. Do take a moment to get to know their work.

Until the 18th of December on view in Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus, Graz

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Tehran Blues part 1

 

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

About 7 years ago I embarked on what then was to be my greatest adventure yet. One month off photographing in Iran.  I wanted to continue the work I did in Israel and Palestine for my series Strike a chord. Using music to show a different side of a country that we only know by our media in one particular way. I always believe there is much more to a country and it’s people and I was curious to go out and investigate.

Nervous as while the airplane was descending it changed into a dressing room and all the women prepared to get ready with their headscarves, chadors and manteaux. I brought some scarves and modest clothing and joined the women. So scared the headscarf would fall off, I put it around my head so tightly that according to my my amazing friend Maryam, I looked like the most conservative Iranian girl ever.

I met Maryam on my second day when I had a meeting with her husband who was the editor of a music magazine. Instead I met her and she became my guide and the most amazing friend to have, a friendship that lasts until now  : )

Tomorrow more in part 2.

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