Tehran-based artist Shadi Ghadirian humorously exaggerates misogynistic representational narrowness of the “veiled woman” by replacing her features with humanistic forms of everyday objects in her Like Everyday Series (2001). The use of readymade colanders, frying pans, brooms, and cleavers, each conjure different negative stereotypes of the woman attached to the veiled face: a loose-lipped receptacle of gossip, a domestic servant, a “doormat”, a vicious shrew. Ghadirian’s work operates on the ease by which we denote absurd identities at a glance, using our prior conceptions, without any actual human interaction with the woman.
“Shadi Ghadirian Exhibited at the Satchi Gallery“. Saatchi Gallery.