WeTransfer celebrates female creativity in Iran
Newly commissioned video and photography provides insight into the work and lives of female artists in Iran.
Still image from ‘Sounds of Tehran’
JULY 26, 2018: This week, WeTransfer launched projects spotlighting three innovative Iranian female creatives, offering distinct and nuanced perspectives on a country whose artistic legacy, political history, and gender dynamics are a hot button issue in global debate. These projects include:
- Sounds of Tehran: A 9-minute experimental documentary portraying the sounds and stories of Nesa Azadikhah, one of Tehran’s most in-demand female electronic musicians. A Tehran-based DJ, music producer, composer, sound artist, and musician, Azadikhah also owns the label Deep House Tehran. The documentary is commissioned by WeTransfer and created by production company My Accomplice.
- Youth of Iran: A photography series about the youth in Iran by photographer Kiana Hayeri, commissioned by WeTransfer. Raised in Tehran, Hayeri is today loosely based in between Afghanistan and Iran, covering the region.
- Shirin Abedinirad: An interview and profile of the Iranian visual artist and writer Shirin Abedinirad, highlighting the core themes of her work and touching on the challenges of being a female artist.
Lucy Pike, Content Lead at WeTransfer, commented:
“It has always been a part of our mission to find creative stories outside the same old cities that always get coverage. It's vital for us to work with local creatives and go beyond the cliches and stereotypes. Giving these Iranian women the chance to tell their stories felt like the best way to tease out some of the intricacies of the creative scene in Iran, which we have found deeply compelling."
All of the projects can be found on WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform.
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