Lives and works in England
An Iranian born artist, Azadeh trained as an architect and worked in environmental and urban planning.
In her artistic career she has a particular interest in sculpture and related disciplines of life drawing and painting. Her main focus is on political and social art that is reflective of her principles in life and her upbringing in a human rights environment.
Azadeh utilizes her ability in art to reflect her beliefs and personal experiences and to explore her feelings about the social and political upheaval in the world.
In her work she assertively challenges injustices in society, expressing her hope and that of many others, for positive change.
Her art work makes references to her Middle Eastern heritage, including its architecture and the use of calligraphy, incorporating traditional colours and design into contemporary comment on human rights.
Coming of Age
This piece challenges a number of interconnecting issues that oppress women from childhood to adulthood.
It provokes discussion on traditions as well as issues relevant to contemporary Britain.
The hijab, used as a symbol of the ongoing oppression of women is highlighted by the covering of a young girl’s body, the loss of her individual identity, and subsequent subordinate position in life from an early age.
The reference to education raises issues currently impacting in European societies about the tolerance of the hijab in mainstream schools and the separate education of children in religious based schools. It also points to the reality within traditional societies where education of girls is not a right and is still much contested.
The artwork questions the liberal assumption of cultural tolerance instead of placing the issue as an infringement of a child’s, and a woman’s, human rights.
Overall it is a statement against the symbolic subordination of the status of young girls and the role of women in society and a call for a more just and secular society.