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© 2018 by ROYA EBTEHAJ

Artist Statement

A Glimpse Within is a photography series I did back in Tehran in 2009. I started to photograph more than 50 women's bags from different generations and observed the items they carry with themselves. The final collection was 20 sets of photos, with every set including three photos. The First is a photograph of a woman’s bag, the second, an interior photo of the contents of the bag, and the third, is a photo of their ID

card. Once again, I dealt with the juxtaposition of public and private life in a metaphoric way. Additionally, through the images of ID cards I wanted to visualize how the government enforced a uniform image of Iranian woman in Hijab, which would define their social identity.