OUR KING WOMAN; AZI AMIRI
Memories and history are dominant frameworks of my art. My works get actively engaged in a dialogue between the past and present to understand the relationship between the individual identity and sociocultural context.
Employing the personal objects (such as a mono print of the worn hijab, gloves, or braided hair) with layers of drawings or transferred photos, I investigate the traces of my personal experiences that shape my identity as an Iranian, a Muslim, a woman, and an immigrant.
In “I am a Dreamer” I asked my friends in Iran to send me their headshots wearing hijab along with a note about them which starts with “I” that denotes a fact about them.
By removing the faces I wanted to emphasize only on the sentences and the images of Hijab. The sentences are easy to relate to. They share feelings of power, fear, and hope that are shared among people of the world. The faceless figures highlight the dehumanization against Muslims in general and Muslim women in particular.
The Images of beautiful and colorful headscarves (hijab) oppose the mainstream image of the dark and domineering force against Muslim women. By reexamining the form and function of the hijab, I try to get away from the typical image; and reconsider the scarf as an added fixture to the traditionally covered body; A decorative element that has been formed in a traditional society but does not add or remove any value from the person who wears it.