Drawings in The Dark Room 2001 - 2002
Tehran, a city with ten million inhabitants, is my home and a constant preoccupation, like other big cities in the world, in this polluted and busy city human beings are lost & it seems that they have no control over their destinies. They build walls around themselves without being aware of them. One can see many people passing by these walls every minute. But I can see only walls with no human beings in front of them.
Ashura is a religious festival to commemorate the death of Hussien, the grandson of our prophet Mohammad, 1300 years ago. It is also a fashion statement because everyone, from old to young, wears black, a signature for mourning. The other important observation is that it is a very manly event; men bring their young sons to join them, they come from all over the city, and from all aspects of society, rich and poor, to remember and mourn. Ashura is held outdoors annually. Even though the crowd is a mixed one, consisting of men and women, the leader and coordinators are only men. The whole ceremony has to be organized and led by men.