Artist statement: This still is from a larger body of video work entitled Elusive paradise. My work draws on real experiences of women born after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran; women of my own generation. It explores the way in which traditional values, family constraints and expectations, and religious and superstitious belief systems affect women in a fast-paced contemporary lifestyle.
This image interweaves factual experience together with fictitious narratives informed by Persian culture, set in a landscape where the boundaries of dream and reality are blurred. It depicts a woman’s struggle with multiple personae while rebelling against a society whose moral and social compass is ever-changing.
Her dreams, hopes and desperation unfold in a dreamlike place where her future remains nebulous.