Mustoachioed women and rhinoplastic girls depicts two different generations of women in Iranian culture, with its innate sexual inequality and patriarchy.
Even though they are almost 150 years apart, both generations embody the struggle between tradition and modernity. Premodern folk culture and contemporary popular culture both create anxiety and suspicion around their body shape and projected image.
These works explore the impacts and origins of masculine control through the male gaze over Iranian women across history. Through counterpoint and juxtaposition, they examine how women under such pressures alter, re-form and re-assess the perception of their bodies.
I love textiles, colours and textures. I am fascinated by Persian miniatures and the light in classical paintings.
The creation process, with all its delicacy and precision, is like a perfumed, endless dream that I wish to be with me forever.
Ever since 1999, when she entered art school in Tehran, photography has become Ramak Bamzar’s preferred medium to express herself and capture her experiences.
In 2010 she moved to her second home, Melbourne, and began exploring the resulting paradoxes that impacted her relationship with femininity, religion, culture and self-perception. As well as the photographic element, Ramak also creates her set designs and dressmaking.
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