Exiled voice, 2022

The exhibition Exiled Voice includes a selection of artworks by Iranian women artists outside the country who have chosen to speak out against the injustices of a totalitarian and religious power by calling for reflection. They have chosen the path of exile, because in Iran, their engaged works, real resistance to oblivion, are censored. They wish to give voice to a people taken hostage and whose speech is being stifled. They bear witness to all these lost lives that the state is striving to erase from history and culture, offering us a dreamlike and poetic walk through metaphorical and sensitive images. Between imagination and authenticity, they absorb the spectator in their artistic world, evoking the sorrow, fear and suffering caused by authoritarian regimes, wars, but also exile and separation imposed by borders. Their universal artistic language is addressed to all, regardless of our origins.

The exhibition was shown as a part of the doctoral conference days of the laboratory Litt&Arts, “Prise de Parole“, April 12-14, 2022, Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation, Grenoble University, , Somatic Lab 213

Artistic curator: Parya Vatankhah

Parya Vatankhah, artist and curator, has chosen works only by Iranian women artists because of the particularly difficult situation of women in Iran and especially women artists, to give them the opportunity to be seen and heard.

Artists: Sholeh Asgary, Shaghayegh Cyrus, Mozhgan Erfani, Haleh Jamali, Baharak & Behnaz Khaleghi, Hura Mirshekari, Azadeh Nilchiani, Sara Niroobakhsh, Mehregan Pezeshki, Rojin Shafiei, Parya Vatankhah