Women in Photography 2017 Exhibition
Today’s Life and War | Gohar Dashti

The series “Today’s Life and War” emerged from my experience during the eight year Iran-Iraq War. The conflict has had a strong symbolic influence on the emotional life of my generation. Although we may be safe within the walls of our homes, the war continues to reach us through newspapers, television and the Internet.

This body of work represents war and its legacy, the ways in which it permeates all aspects of contemporary society. I capture moments that reference the ongoing duality of life and war without precluding hope. In a fictionalized battlefield, I show a couple in a series of everyday activities: eating breakfast, watching television and celebrating their wedding. Though they do not visibly express emotion, the man and woman embody the power of perseverance, determination and survival.

About Gohar Dashti
Gohar Dashti received her M.A. in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. She studied photography in Iran, and she has spent the last 12 years focusing her practice on social issues, with particular references to history and culture through a convergence of interest in anthropology and sociology. She tries with her own means to express the world around her.  Her starting point is always her surrounding, her memory, but with her very personal perception of things. She tries to trace her relationship to society and the world in its most sensitive way. Her practice continuously develops from life events and connection between the personal and the universal, the political and the fantasised.

She has participated in several art residencies and scholarships such as MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, USA (2017), DAAD award, UdK Berlin, DE (2009-2011); Visiting Arts (1Mile2 Project), Bradford/London, UK (2009) and International Arts & Artists (Art Bridge), Washington DC, USA (2008). She has held various exhibitions around the world, being shown in many museums, festivals and biennales. Her works are in many collections including Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (JP), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston (USA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (USA), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (USA), Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago (USA) and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (FR).


Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)