Title: The Protester
Dimensions: width: 10cm, height: 17cm, depth: 6cm
Country: Iran / France
Bahar Majdzadeh was born on February 23rd 1982 in Kerman, Iran. She grew up in Kerman then went to Tehran to study photography at university. In 2007 she moved to Paris where she graduated in Plastic Art and got a master in Art and Digital Media. She is now writing a thesis about “Artistic image and collective memory, the role of political art in the Middle East” at Sorbonne University. While pursuing her studies, she has also been sculpting since 2003 in Tehran, Paris and New York and this is now her main activity. Her artworks were shown in the 2006 Iran photo biennial and in several collective exhibitions in Paris and Tehran.
Bahar was born just few years after the Iranian revolution of 1979. She grew up during the Iran-Iraq war and the political repression. The events of the first decade after the revolution still have a huge impact on the life of her generation today. The idea of protest is one of the main parts of her artworks. Her objective is to find out at what point and for what reasons people start to protest and how these actions can change their lives. She also analyses what form of protest are able to draw the attention. Most often people have justified grounds to but the world doesn’t pay any attention just because it doesn’t seem to be the right time, they don’t want to buy people’s tortures images. Sometimes a group of people or a person can become a star for the rest of the world just because their action took place in a good timing. They receive all kind of awards, everybody would talk about them. Bahàrs’ sculptures show people who are protesting but they are too fat to run or to be very active, they are sometimes happy like an idiot person or can be sometimes a sad person. Their sex is not determined, and they are nude, like the beautiful ancient Greek sculptures. They are sometimes tortured or sometimes you can see signs of bullet. It’s hard to understand if these sculptures are showing winners of a competition or protesters.