Series - WEST BY EAST
Written by - SHADI GHADIRIAN
I can recall - I was only five when my country underwent political and social changes. Which forced the wearing of the Hejab (female clothing to cover ones hair and head). It was then that it was included in the Constitution.
It has thus been years that only certain features of women (Permitted by law) can be shown in public and mass media. And this has not only been exclusively for Iranian women but also for foreigners here - whether they act in movies or for any other reason. Everything is censored due to Hejab law which considers showing women features immoral.
When I chose photography as a university course the problem only increased for me. The course and its elements such as image, frame, decoration, pose etc influenced me greatly. On the other hand, magazines published abroad had to be censored before being delivered to us. This censorship is often done by drawing with a common black marker on ‘illegal’ or ‘immoral’ parts. Therefore we are used to seeing women from other countries like this for years and picturing their actual figures in our minds. Fortunately, today the Internet has sorted out this problem. How can I see from an eastern viewpoint - the western ones? This is my attempt to represent this censorship.