In both Islamic and Christian traditions, women are noticeably underrepresented and lack power.
The title of this exhibition, أَفَلَا تَتَفَكَّرُون (Do you not think?) is a part of a Quranic verse. It questions women’s exclusion across many historical narratives, from creation stories to the first family photos of the Qajar, the Iranian royal dynasty. The photographer has retold these events through stylised scenes emphasising form and body and mirroring the background paintings’ aesthetics.
The public bath setting holds relevance as one of many historically important spaces that barred women. The uncanny inclusion of a young girl, out of place in a traditionally male space, highlights women’s absence from these scenes.
The exhibition explores the interconnecting themes of religion, the body, art history, and women’s space within tradition and society.
This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.
Art director / designer : Navid Memar
Photographer : Mahdiyar Zamzam
Editor : Ali Dolatabadi
Navid Memar is a Kashan-based artist with experience as a director and designer. He works on post-dramatic theatre and space-making in art across multiple genres, including architecture, photomontage, installation and short film. His interests lie in Iran’s history and native culture, and Iranian writers.
In 2015 he established a studio, Amata, which marked the beginning of his career. Citing Romeo Castellucci as an influence, he produces plays inspired by Castellucci’s theatrical ideology. He studied directing at the Tehran University of Fine Arts.
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