2017 Finalists

Ramak BAMZAR

Artist statement: This is ‘Leila’, almost 150 years ago in Persia, with a monobrow, moustache, full figure, and tutu to please the sexual desire of men, whilst the contemporary 'Leila' is involved in losing weight and plastic surgeries.

I spent most of my teenage years with a fear of judgement and a lack of confidence in my body. I was verbally abused by men and was told that if I had a nose job, I’d be beautiful. But what is beauty? How does the male gaze shape the female body?

In Moustachioed women and rhinoplastic girls, I confront the impact of the male gaze on women's bodies and identities in a patriarchal world. I do this by juxtaposing historical and contemporary Iranian women.

www.ramakbamzar.com

Leila  2022
from the series Moustachioed women and rhinoplastic girls
pigment ink-jet print
70.0 x 100.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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