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Mirror Stage or what I’m not

Bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from the outside.

Egon Schiele

“Mirror Stage or what I’m Not” was a group exhibition in 2015, about sex, sexuality, and gender that were perhaps the first conceptual exhibition on this subject in Iran. Installation art, video art, sculpture, printmaking and photography works were presented at the exhibition based on more than six months of research. The show came to an end due to the atmosphere of censorship and threats sooner than the closing time.

Installation Art, Photography and Printmaking

Neda Nadjafi

“Freedom is an obscure word like Love, and I told you that Love is the most obscure of all. You will face people who will suffer pain, torture, even death for freedom, and I hope that you’ll be among them. The very moment that you sacrifice yourself for freedom, you will understand that it exist as much as you search for it.”

– Free translation from Letter to a Child Never Born, by  Oriana Fallaci (1977)

According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. However, some national violence studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner. In the society of Gender inequality, women will seldom have the opportunity to protest and request their demands by legal entities or norm of society.

Amin Shahmoradi

“the body is also directly involved in a political field; power relations have an immediate hold upon it; they invest it, mark it, train it, torture it, force it to carry out tasks, to perform ceremonies, to emit signs.”

– Foucault, M. urveiller et punir: Naissance de la Prison, Gallimard, 1975

Sociology of the body has denied the dualism of mind and body, which was the subject of controversy since Descartes. It has recreated the relation between mind, body and society. In correlation of body and mind, Sociology of the body has provided modern theories of social structuralism through doctrine of philosophers such as Michel Foucault, who has indicated a direct involvement of body and politics. Likewise, Barbara Kruger, American artist has indications of this matter in her works. According to Lopez and Scott, conformance of individuals with social expectations is not resulting from their informed knowledge of normative standards. This is the power, which governs the distribution of bodies in social spaces.