By Sanaz Haghani Nouri
UGA Graduate Student, Outside of Athens, GA
"My work takes a general look at the status of women in Iran. As a woman who lived in a patriarchal society, I felt a heavy shadow over myself that played a key role in shaping my identity. Each of my works is constructed to magnify the roots and effects of the hijab. Different shapes of the hijab have transformed into a symbol of chastity and piety, into a cultural icon, a political manifesto, and finally related to the mental and emotional states of identity for women. A woman's body has always been a type of battleground for various kinds of rhetoric and political ideologies. Femininity is a social construct that both hinders and empowers and I try to cover these aspects of womanhood in my work."
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