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Hamraz Lotfi, Harun Töle

to look at a window

to hear a window

one window for seeing one window for hearing

In every period of history, women have been the most concrete target and witness of the patriarchal oppression established by the domination of the state and society. Individual and social interests combined with cultural ties feeding each other, gave women various roles; woman was forced to take on the shape of the created structure. This project focuses on the experiences of Iranian women living in Iran and abroad as “women” and “Iranians” and the way they express themselves through these identities. Iran is a starting point in this project. The project aims to create an environment where women of the world can come into contact with each other through common problems and feelings. In this way, Iranian women will be able to communicate with women in other countries of the world. The direct transfer method preferred in the project allows the narrator to express himself effectively and freely without intermediaries. In this way, it will be possible to capture the individual realities of the participating subjects. In this regard, women living in Iran and various countries of the world, who immigrated from Iran or were born there after their families migrated, were contacted and asked: – “What are your feelings about being a woman in Iran?” How do you feel about being a migrant woman?”–  “If you are a working woman, what are your thoughts on being a woman where you work?”–  “An Iranian woman What is your message for women living in other parts of the world?” The videos in which they answer the questions and shoot themselves with their own mobile phones (a kind of selfie video) will mark the countries and cities where the videos came from on a world map, and the video will be opened and watched with the viewers clicking these signs. .

Women, in every era of history, have been the most eminent target of the sovereignty made by the government and society. Individual and communal interests, when combined with cultural ties, have introduced various roles for women; and thus leaving no choice for her but to submit to the created structure. This project is focusing on the women living inside and outside of Iran and their experiences of being a “woman” and an “Iranian”. Iran is considered as a starting point for this project. The project hopes to create an environment where women from all over the world will be able to communicate through their mutual problems and emotions. Furthermore, in light of this project, Iranian women will find the chance to get in touch with women living in different countries all over the world. The direct contact method preferred in the project is intended to let the participants express themselves first-hand, freely and effectively. This will also make it possible to capture the reality of the subjects expressed by the participants. Project, we have asked Iranian women living inside the country or those who have immigrated or the second generation of immigrants currently living in different parts of the world the following questions:– how do you feel about being a woman in Iran? In the country that you currently reside in, how does it feel to be a female Iranian immigrant?– If you are a working woman, what are your thoughts about womanhood in the place you work? What is your message for women living around the world as an Iranian woman? The answers will be given in the form of a video captured by the person themselves (sort of a selfie video); these videos will be applied on a world map which will then get played by clicking on the specific country on the map by the viewer.


Aaron Tole

He was born in 1977 in Munich/Germany. He graduated from Pamukkale University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of History in 1999. In 2001, he started his master's degree in PAU Philosophy Department, Systematic Philosophy and Logic. In 2007, KOÜ A.İ.İ.T. He started his career as an Instructor in the Department of Plastic Arts. In 2015, he completed the Kocaeli University Plastic Arts Proficiency Program with the thesis "Video Art and Socio-Political Changes in Post-1980 Turkey". He still lives in Kocaeli and continues his production. He was born in Munich in 1977.In 1999 he graduated from Pamukkale University/ History Department.In 2001,he started his Masters education in Pamukkale University - Systematic Phylasophia and Logic Deparment and his thesis subject was "Immanuael Kant's Freedom and Responsibility Relationship".In 2007 he started in KOÜ A.İ.İ.T. Department as academic teaching assistant.In 2015 he has successfully completed his proficiency in art in "Video Art and Socio-Political Changes in 1980's Turkey" He is still living in Kocaeli and continues his art practice.

Hamraz Lotfi

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