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THE ARRESTING PORTRAITS OF AFARIN SAJEDI

by Ariadna Zierold

afarin sajedi, portrait, painting, upper playground

Take a look at these incredibly arresting portraits by Iranian artist, Afarin Sajedi.

afarin sajedi, portrait, painting, upper playground

They are the many faces and mixed emotions of modern Iranian women, particularly the pain and joy felt upon leaving the safe walls of home. She is heavily inspired by Heinrich Boll’s Clown, seen in her use of makeup, while Gustav Klimt’s color palette strongly influences her use of agressive colors like red. This is also evident in her subject’s costumes worn similarly to traditional hijab headwear.  Some replace their hijab with fish, while others express themselves by piercing their skin with utensils.

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