Your Veil is a Battleground - A Photographic Exhibition by Kiana Hayeri

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 05:00

The show runs from March 13 to March 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Your Veil is a Battleground examines the lives of young Iranians, with a strong focus on women. Inspired by the title of Barbara Kruger's famous piece, "Your body is a battleground," the project explores the 'veil' in the literal sense of the word, the Hijab, as well as the delicate curtain that separates the public and private lives of Iranians.
Since the 1979 revolution, women in Iran are forced to wear Hijab in public places. With more than seventy-five percent of the population under thirty-five, Iran remains one of the youngest and most Western-seeking countries in the Middle East. Everyday, Iranian youth risk facing fines, imprisonment, or torture to gain more freedom in the way they dress or interact with the opposite sex. This project explores the daily lives of young Iranians who take risks to put on a bit more makeup, push their headscarves farther back, roll their sleeves up, and wear more colourful outfits. Embodying the personality and determination of this generation, the project captures crossing of ‘red lines’ both behind the closed doors and on the streets of Tehran, in real and quiet ways.. 
At the time politicians speak of aggression, sanction and war, this exhibition offers the Western audience a rare and unique view into the lives of young Iranians today, in Iran, and elsewhere.


Kiana was born in Iran in 1988. Moving to Canada in 2005, photography soon became her preferred way to bridge the communication gap faced in a new country with a new language and culture. With a keen interest in documentary projects, Kiana aims to use her camera to tell stories, with a social message. She presently pursues projects that illuminate her cultural background. Focusing on young women, Kiana continues to document challenges Iranian people face, both in Iran and abroad.

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Media Contact: 
Kiana Hayeri
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I.M.A Gallery
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Tue to Sun - 12:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Kiana Hayeri

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