by Morvarid K
exhibition by Mohammadreza Sharifzadeh
For Sharifzadeh, women in Iran are pioneers who embody the profound and gradual change in the current value system. Gradually coming out of oppression, they are adopting deconstructive modes of thinking and moving towards a return to the authentic. Using digital photography, painting and calligraphy, this series is a continuation of previous works that were censored when presented in Iran last year. These works show the images of women informing the social sphere of contemporary Iran and are continually being informed by it.
Mohammadreza Sharifzadeh was born in Tehran, Iran, where he continues to live and work today. In 2011, was awarded a PhD in Philosophy and Art for The Science and Research University, Tehran. His interdisciplinary education includes degrees in Graphics and Architecture, and he recently joined as a faculty member at the University of Art and Architecture, Tehran. He has had solo exhibitions in Tehran, Paris, Kiev and Frankfurt. He is also the recipient of major art awards in Iran. via myartguides
In light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran is now greater than at any point in history. There are no official numbers, but many Iranians have already left or are seeking a way out. Some pursue escape without even considering its consequences.
‘May god be with you my daughter…’ is the story of my own migration through the lives of other Iranian teenage girls who have taken the same path that I took years ago.Parmida, Parastou, Melika and Soheila, all immigrated in middle of their teenage years. Parmida and Soheila started this journey along with their parents and families, Parastou and Melika moved away on their own. Facing the battle of fitting into the new culture of their adopted home, this story captures the transformation and liberation of these girls at the age of 17. With the adult personality shaping up, an insecurity and self-consciousness now replaces the carefree world that the girls had lived in so far.
This passage from girlhood into adulthood, with all the complications it entails, takes place within a new culture and environment. The girls on the edge between two worlds try to come to terms with this transitional time in their lives and adjust to the people they are becoming. (Iran, Australia, Canada and United States – 2010 to 2012)