Shirin Aliabadi — Miss Hybrid
Past: June 8 → 23, 2011
In Miss Hybrid Aliabadi shows a facet of the behaviour of young Iranian women today. Feminine and conscious of their looks, they have naturally absorbed the influences and fads of the modern West.
Veiled young women pose against a black background wearing blond wigs and light-coloured contact lenses. On their sometimes bold, sometimes proud and sometimes melancholy faces we can see the stigmata of new contemporary costums. The plasters on their noses suggest recent plastic surgery. In fact, the plaster has become an “it-sticker,” a fashion statement by a generation that is determined to transform its look and to show it too. The operation is a status symbol, and therefore to be flaunted.
Attracted by the diversity of modern consumerism, these in-your-face beauties display their desire to get away from tradition and move towards the Western system of expression and representation. Young people in Tehran today are mixing up traditional popular culture and Americanised behaviour, composing a lifestyle that mashes Iranian pop and MTV.
Shirin Aliabadi takes her inspiration from everyday life and the people she knows in Tehran. She finds her models in the streets around her home or at the local hairdresser’s. The artist explains that she has chosen to use humour and a light touch to talk about the veil, religion, the position of women in the Orient, and the transformations undergone by her country, which are all too often treated in an austere, over-emphatic way.
Opening Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:30 PM → 8:30 PM