Monday, 22 October 2012

making women's voices heard

Italy was proud to welcome the very first exhibition abroad
of Iranian female painter Afarin Sajedi, a woman artist who
exclusively portrays women and their own wretched
condition to stress the need of a change in her
homeland's prevailing mentality.

It's true that the role of women is constantly on the increase
inside the Iranian society (female graduates often outperform
men and that's the reason why lately many universities
announced that BA and BCs courses will be 'single gender'

from now on ”to create balance”) so the equality of 
rights between women and men is still to come 
in the Islamic Republic.

Born in the southwest central city of Shiraz, Afarin moved
to Tehran to study at the Azad University where she
completed her degree in graphic design making a reality
of her love for painting strongly influenced by the history
of art, the Italian Renaissance and the Vienna Secession,
Gustav Klimt and the Jugendstil.

Women faces revealing through their eyes (which are
often covered with round glasses in order to emphasize
the need to express themselves) what's in their heart
and mind when they leave the security of their homes
to enter the world outside with small fishes symbolizing
the fluidity of feelings and the strong desire to 
swim free as they wish.

The subjects of my paintings - she declared - are dignified
despite the problems caused by age or living conditions
and to some extent they reflect my own feelings when 
I paint. (...) In order to break down certain barriers 
you have to pay a price which, at times, makes you suffer.
In my case it was the lack of freedom of expression, 
some drawings of mine were rejected and I was forbidden 
from producing images of women for book covers 
when I worked as an illustrator.”

Afarin Sajedi took part in the collective exhibition curated
by Dorothy Circus gallery's founder Alexandra Mazzanti
at Palazzo Valentini in Rome called ”Inside her eyes”
showing works of five women artists, five different female
realities, so distant from each other both in terms of culture
and influence, five distinct insights ”linked by a thin thread
of blood and passion” including Kwon Kyungyup and
Natalie Shau who caught my eyes for the 
breathtaking level of their work. 

portrait of the artist via

1 comment:

  1. Dearest Elisabetta,
    Afarin is an exceptional artist and she gives a very good insight into the suffering, the wretched minds that are not free. She deserves recognition and yes, it is so true that women need to be heard. Just got a photo, which I posted on my FB, showing that Obama is paying the women in the White House (!) 18% less than men. Actions always speak louder than words. Too bad that by mouth they promise heaven but in reality they don't live it.
    Wishing Afarin and others a lot of strength for keeping up with this much needed information.
    She is so talented!
    Hugs to you,