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Being a Woman - Iranian Artists Reflection

Being a Woman - Iranian Artists’ Reflection

 January 10 to March 4, 2022.


Violence against women is one of the most devastating and widespread human rights violations persisting in our world today. This collection explores this topic through an array of work by 50 Iranian women artists living and creating in Iran, where domestic violence is not considered a crime and women’s rights are severely restricted. While they are forbidden to speak up about the injustices they face in their home country, this exhibition gives them a platform to exercise their voice, share their perspective, and spark important conversations. 

The collection was curated by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh, Joe McCauley Gallery Coordinator.

“This show is about being a woman in my country - the homeland that I love and I had to leave,” said Hamzeh “In this show, Iranian women artists get to share their experience of being a woman in our home county. The images reveal their fear, loneliness, confusion, pain, and suffering as well as their resilience and ongoing fight to change the situation.” The exhibit features work in the mediums of photography, video, and digital paintings.

Reception: Monday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. at the Gallery.



Random Acts of Knowledge S2 Ep1: Being a woman (in Iran)

WGLT report about the show  

WMBD report about the show

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