Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Isfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.
Photograph 1 by: Omid Jafarnezhad
Photographs 2 - 6 by: Horizon on Flickr.
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I came across this simple but stunning piece of artwork along my online travels, Amir Rad’s ‘Bird’. Amir Rad is an Iranian artist who was invited in 2007 to present a work that explored race, tradition and identity within Iran, at the Ellipse Art Centre. The multitude of works within the show expressed a dichotomy between traditional and contemporary art-forms, thus further distorting our already preconceived misconceptions of the elusive east.
What struck me about the Amir Rad work is the hybridisation of the Iranian woman holding an origami Crane, which to me represents the openness and expressive nature of the Iranian culture, embracing the world and showing a connectedness that is almost blasé. This painting to me is so meaningful and powerful and has a depth of interpretation that is endless.
Kiana Hayeri grew up in Tehran, where the country’s morality police restricted her public behavior. She left in 2005 when she was 17 and moved to Toronto, where she studied photography at Ryerson University.
Ms. Hayeri returned to Iran in 2010 to explore the dual lives of many young women who are expected to behave and dress modestly in public by covering their hair, arms and legs. But behind closed doors, these women act very much like Ms. Hayeri’s Canadian friends — dating, singing, studying ballet and even swimming.
Ms. Hayeri does not claim that her project represents the entirety of Iran. But she said there are many young people in the big cities who yearn for a less constricting public life.
“It’s a whole world that many Americans are unaware of,” she said. “Nowadays, with all this talk about war, sanctions and nuclear weapons, people tend to forget about ordinary people, the actual people who live in Iran, and they only look at the government.”
- Preparing for paintball, a sport forbidden to women
- Maryam and her boyfriend drive around the city. Men and Women in a car together invites extra scrutiny by the morality police.
- Girls in a park let their hijabis fall to their shoulders.
- Women are not allowed to swim in public, even fully clothed.
- Even though bold makeup is a concern for the morality police, Mina readied herself to go out.