Nurse, Vaccination Clinic (Iran)
Nurse, Vaccination Clinic
Tehran, Iran. 2006. Medium format.
From the series Iran, Revisited
Iran's current political climate combined with western media's obsessive attraction to images of war and conflict has created an absence of real portraits of Iranians who work hard to improve their communities. In Iran Revisited, I wanted to promote a greater understanding of my country of origin and treat the subjects as individuals rather than archetypes. It is important to me to show the complex relationships that lay beneath the surface of the image. I deliberately refuse to romanticize my culture, and try to strip away the prevailing imagery of The Other - the desert, the veiled woman. Here, the complexity of Iranian society refuses to be reduced to the question of hijab, and instead must be understood in terms of the competing forces of tradition and change.
About the Artist
Sanaz Mazinani is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with photographs and photo-based installations. Born in Tehran, Iran in 1978, she calls Toronto, Canada home, and currently lives and works in California while pursuing her Masters in Fine Art at Stanford University. Mazinani's art focuses on the photographic medium and its innate problems in re-presenting reality. By critically engaging with personal mythologies on a symbolic level, she challenges the concept of perception. The recipient of Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council grants, her work can be found in many public and private collections.
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