Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians

Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid Series was recently introduced as part of the Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians exhibition. Aliabadi uses exaggerated portraits to show how growing dissatisfaction with government limitations in Iran has led many young citizens to rebel. Although instead of weapons and ammunition, this rebellion involves consumerism, pop culture, and fashion. The desire to get away from some of the older traditions has led to the rise of western influenced fashion amongst the Islamic Republic’s young people, particularly women. From nose jobs to Hermes hijabs, western culture influences the lives of many Iranian women on a regular basis. Some call this superficiality, while others think of it as a new form of expression.

You can see more of Shirin Aliabadi’s work here: http://www.thethirdline.com/artists/shirin-aliabadi/selected-work-details/1354/1805

Written by Bijjan Sadegh Shirvani

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