Roselynn Sadaghiani

 

Roselynn Sadaghiani is working from the unceded, ancestral, and traditional land of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations. Sadaghiani engages with material exploration to process ideas of censorship of Iranian women. Examining power, religion, imperialism, and resistance, Sadaghiani conceptualizes the feminine body in her evocative practice. 

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 Traces, 2020

lithography, 17 x 24 ½"

These figure drawings were inspired by pre-existing images of women in media that have been deliberately and violently erased by Iranian officials. The artist follows the same censoring process, by anteriorly erasing their drawings before photocopying them. By repeatedly erasing and censoring information, we lose sight of the authentic meaning. The image becomes a shadow. Sadaghiani mentions the following Plato’s theory; Images can either be faithful reproductions or intentional distortions. By censoring these images, the artist highlights the control authorities have over women’s existence.