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    THE PASSAGE is the latest installment of Colonial Neighbours’ FRAGMENTSseries - a series of interventions in and out of SAVVY Contemporary's long term collective archive project on German colonial history. Artists, researchers, activists, and cultural producers are invited to engage with the Colonial Neighbours’ archive, activating and critically contributing to the project.

    In the fifth edition of the Fragments series Helsinki based artist Sepideh Rahaa explores the notion of representation and perception of women inside and outside of Iran. Sepideh Rahaa was invited to join the conversation and reflect on colonial entanglements in regards to these themes.

    What does the contemporary life of Iranian women look like? In response to being asked this question, Sepideh Rahaa started a project related to contemporary life of Iranian women for her residency presentation at Ladmoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim Norway in 2014. This request concerned Rahaa for many reasons, as she does not believe anyone can represent millions of people and their various ways of being, as women are not and cannot be assumed as a monolith. Considering the colonial times, its history and its present, the representation of Iranian women is one of the most complicated and problematic matters, specifically in West. In such representations, one cannot dismiss the colonial perception which massively has created the current stereotypical perceptions of Iranian women among others in West. The exotic other which Western feminism strongly defines and theorize itself against, the so called ‘hopeless’, ‘helpless’, ‘submissive’, ‘passive’ and ‘oppressed’ women of non-Western culture! This became a starting point for the artist to initiate conversations with women in Iran and to use Facebook as a medium to narrate the intertwined complexities of Iranian women’s identities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2019
    MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art
    EventThe Passage - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 11 Jan 201926 Jan 2019


    • Contemporary Art Conservation
    • Post-colonialism
    • Migration
    • Dialogue
    • Feminism

    Field of art

    • Contemporary art


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