Uncovering the Many Faces of Iran: Sanaz Mazinani

“I’m trying to pose informative questions,” says Sanaz Mazinani about her body of work called, “Iran Revisited.” Since 1999 the Toronto-based photographer has been returning to her birthplace every two years with the idea of documenting the complex and changing face of that country. “What I hope to do is show that the diversity of Iranian Culure can’t be reduced to the basics we see in the West.” Mazinani is intent on stripping away what she calls “prevailing imagery of ‘The Other’- the desert, the veiled woman”- and replacing it with insights into a layered society engaged in a dramatic struggle between tradition and change…

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Volume 27, Number 4: Photography

This article originally appeared in Border Crossings #108, published December 2008.

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