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Joyce Scott
Kendell Geers
Koen Vanmechelen
Massimo Lunardon
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Zhang Huan
Abir Karmakar
Andrea Salvador
Antonio Riello
Atelier Van Lieshout
Chafa Ghaddar
Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros
Chitra Ganesh
Chittrovanu Mazumdar
Daniele Genadry
El Ultimo Grito
Fred Wilson
Gigi Scaria
Hema Upadhyay
Hye Rim Lee
Jaber Alwan
Jaime Hayon
Jan Fabre
Jaume Plensa
Javier Pérez
Joost van Bleiswijk
Josepha Gasch-Muche
Justin Ponmany
Karen Kalou
Kiki van Eijk
Luke Jerram
Manjunath Kamath
Marta Klonowska
Marya Kazoun
Michael Joo
Mithu Sen
N Pushpamala
Nabil Nahas
Nathalie Harb
Navin Thomas
Omar Fakhoury
Parul Thacker
Pascal Hachem
Pieke Bergmans
Poonam Jain
Prabhakar Pachpute
Raed Yassine
Ravinder Reddy
Rima Maroun
Sakshi Gupta
Sergio Bovenga
Shibu Natesan
Silvano Rubino
Sirine Fattouh
Soyeon Cho
Stéphanie Saade
Sudarshan Shetty
Thomas Schütte
Thukral & Tagra
Tomáš Libertíny

Ghadirian Shadi

Exhibits at Beirut Exhibition Center

“In my photography I deal with social issues that concern and inspire me. I try to portray different aspects of Iranian women’s life.


Two years after my graduation I married and left my family home for the first time. In Iran, few people live on their own, especially girls, as it is not socially acceptable. The only time women are faced with practical domestic duties is when we are married, hence the association of domestic chores with marriage. Suddenly I had to cook, iron and clean, and be a housekeeper as well as a photographer and wife. I was also perplexed by the many wedding presents I received that were to do with housekeeping.


This new life inspired my series, Like Everyday (2001-2002), which explores the expectations made on married women in traditional societies. Here, a woman is condemned to repetitive routines of tea making, preparing meals, cleaning, sweeping and serving.


The outsider’s perception of Iranian women is of a silhouette under a black chador. Rather than use these, seen in so many pictures of Iran, I chose the richly patterned, colourful and feminine ones that women traditionally wear inside their homes to receive guests. My faceless subjects are then juxtaposed with items of domestic equipment: an iron, a broom, a kettle, a tea cup, pots and pans and other kitchen utensils. Had I lived alone for some time, like many of my friends in Europe, maybe such subjects would not have inspired me.”

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