“Swallow your feminity” is a body of work that comments on the daily experience of being a woman in Iran. Females in my homeland are faced with lots of challenges. Iranian society reinforces gender differences, constantly alerting women to the fact that they are not men and essentially reinforcing inequality. I am interested in the many ways that women respond to this restricted political and psychological environment. Through formal abstraction, most women gravitate towards extremes often either attempting to hide their gender or reveal their femininity in unusual ways.
text by Mona Aghababaee