Despite cultural and political pressures, women in the Middle East are producing some of the most prominent and influential photographic work in Iran and the Arab world. In societies dominated largely by men, female artists are using photography to explore their own issues of identity, value, and question the world in which they live. They are telling stories through imagery – and we hear them loud and clear.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently presenting a photography exhibit that features the work of women photographers from the Middle East. “She Who Tells a Story” will be up until January 12, 2014, and showcases the work of 12 female photographers.
Each photographer’s work varies in style, form, and subject. Yet, beyond the differences, the overall body of work contains the common thread of addressing the complexities of identity.