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These photos by Shadi Ghadirian are some of my favorite images. They are from a series called Like Everyday. The artist's statement is combined with the statement for another series named Qajar and reads as follows
... When I did the Qajar series of photographs, I had just graduated and the duality and contradiction of life at that time provided the motive for me to display this contrast: a woman who one can not say to what time she belongs; a photograph from two eras; a woman who is dazed; a woman who is not connected to the objects in her possession. It was very natural that after marriage, vacuum cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs; a woman with a different look, a woman who no matter in what part of the world she is living, still has these kinds of apprehensions.
This time the woman is convicted of a daily repetitive routine and for this reason I named the series "Like Every Day". Now I know what I wish to say with my photographs. Until now, I have had many photographs which show women as second class citizens or depict the censorship of women.
I wish to continue speaking of women because I still have a lot to say. These are my words as a woman and the words of all the other women who live in Iran where being a woman has its own unique system.
I do not believe that Islam inherently treats women as objects. However, I do believe that men in the Islamic world have done a terrible job of treating women as the Prophet and his household (as) did. I don't think Ghadirian's photos are inflammatory but they do raise questions of how Muslim men view women's roles.
Posted by Jaas at 12:59 AM