Between the Departure and Arrival

Fatehrad, Azadeh (2019) Between the Departure and Arrival. In: Gesture : Writing that Moves Between; 15 - 16 Feb 2019, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)


‘Between the Departure and Arrival’ is a photographic-poetic meditation on the life of women in Iran, particularly looking at the acts of covering, uncovering and recovering in the country’s feminist history. At the heart of the essay lies the creation of an imaginary space of self-representation that responds, in poetic photographs and writings, to the legacy of the Iranian Revolution (1979) on the representation of women in photography, literature and film. The images and texts move adeptly between the documentary, analytical and personal to create an accessible and theoretically nuanced visual narrative that rewires history and scholarly possibility. Accompanying the written content of historical facts and fictions are Fatehrad’s own photographs, as well as selected works from artists such as Shirin Neshat, Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault and Alison Watt. ‘Between the Departure and Arrival’ is the result of interdisciplinary research that overlaps political science, sociology, representation, photography, moving image and architecture. The project employs various methodologies including fieldwork, interviews, archival research, creation and curation, to bring together new insights into the history of feminism in Iran. The notions of archive, visual information, memory and history, and their relation to life today are reflected on at ‘Between the Departure and Arrival’ paper, and providing outstanding counter-information that reveals the perception of feminism in post-revolutionary Iran.

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