Shadi Ghadirian

I am a woman and I live in Iran. I am a photographer and this is the only thing I know how to do. I began work after completing my studies. Quite by accident, the subjects fo my first two series were “women”. However, since then, every time I think about a new series, in a way it is related to women.
It does not make a difference to me what place the Iranian woman has in the world because I am sure no one knows much about it. Perhaps the only mentality of an outsider about the Iranian woman is a black chador, however I try to portray all the aspects of the Iranian woman. And this completely depends on my own situation. When I did the Qajar series of Photographs, I had just graduated and the duality and contradiction of life at that time provided the motive for me to display this contrast; a woman who one can not say to what time she belongs; a photograph from two eras; a woman who is dazed; a woman who is not connected to the objects in her possession. It was very natural that after marriage, vacuum cleaners and pots and pans find their way into my photographs; a woman with a different look-a woman who no matter in what part of the world she is living, still has these kinds of pprehensions. This time the woman is convicted of a daily repetitive routine and for this reason I named the series “Like Every Day”. Now I know what I wish to say with my photographs. Until know I have had many photographs which show women as second class citizens or depict the censorship of women.
I wish to continue speaking of women because I still have a lot to say. These are my words as a woman and the words of all the other women who live in Iran where being a woman has its own unique system. Although ultimately I create these photographs in my personal studio, however I follow social issues. The photographers are not authentic documentations but deal with current social issues.