Not A Typical Persian Girl


Not A Typical Persian Girl is an ongoing project where Atoosa Farahmand and I are examining womens right in Iran.

It was exhibited at Redan Galleri in Malmö (20 Aug - 18 Sept) 2022 and had it´s international premiere at Hinterland, Vienna 1st of February 2023 until 1st of March. It was exhibited in Stockholm at Misschiefs 30th of March until 7th of May 2023.

The exhibition Not A Typical Persian Girl seeks to unveil the plight of women and girls in Iran by cataloguing some of the things that are forbidden to them – things like biking, riding a motorcycle, singing, and watching football in a stadium are some examples of everyday enjoyments that are forbidden to women in Iran.

But the exhibition also attempts to unveil the humour and vibrant spirit with which Persian women and girls confront the constraints placed upon them. The videos and photographs in Not A Typical Persian Girl follow a young woman who symbolises women living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Even though political power continues to stifle the voices of women, this new generation is fighting back and taking the lead in the protest against the regime. Not A Typical Persian Girl can be me, you, and us. It’s time to open our eyes to the precariousness of democracy and human rights – and to celebrate and affirm those who continue to fight for them.

We also created a book with the graphic design and all written texts by Atoosa Farahmand and I. We collaborated with Erin Cory (Senior lecturer at Malmö University) with all the text in the publication. The book contains of 200 pages and is divided into three chapters RESEARCH, PHOTO AND VIDEO WORKS and INTERVIEWS. The first edition was printed in a limited edition of 85 books.

Exhibition August 20 - September 18 2022
Redan, Malmö, Sweden

Exhibition February 2 - March 4 2023
Hinterland, Vienna, Austria

Exhibition March 30 - May 7 2023
Misschiefs, Stockholm, Sweden