Born Tehran, Iran, 1980. Lives Tehran
'Bodiless I', from the series 'Zourkhaneh Project (House of Strength)'
British Museum: 2099, 6035.1
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum
Mehraneh Atashi explores the relationship between photography and power in her ongoing investigation into the possibilities of self-portraiture. Her photographic series reveal lesser-known aspects of Iranian life.
This photograph shows the inside of a zurkhana, a traditional Iranian wrestling gym, in Tehran. The artist has explained that ‘tradition forbids the breath of women’ in the zurkhana. Atashi includes herself in the scene through a reflection in a mirror. This picture within a picture emphasises her incongruous presence in a place from which women are normally excluded.