“Enchantment of The Feminine Heart For New Earth” is an art project and a part of my vision of the New Earth.
This is my attempt at restoring the “missing” role of the sacred feminine in history, particularly in relation to religious practices. In the words of Nancy Qualls-Corbett, as she explores the loss of reverence for goddess over time –
“With the advent of patriarchal religion and the consequent loss of reverence for the goddess, the conscious development of women was significantly blocked. Slowly she began to worship gods made by men; the values of the men became their values; the attitudes of men to justify the subordination of women have become their values. The loss of the relationship with the goddess led to the adoption of masculine characteristics. Femininity was occupied by feminism, and, the pursuit of equal rights distorted to a match with the male nature.”
The Sacred Prostitute: The Eternal Feminine Face (Mar 1988)
The project consists of choreographed group and individual photography of “the sacred feminine” depicting
A Little About My Background and Why I Am Doing This Project
I grew up in male dominated Iran, a country ruled by Islamic dictatorship headed by “Rahbar”- the supreme leader and his clergy, the Ayatollahs. This regime holds on to power by taking away human dignity and divinity from the people and giving the power and divinity to specific males who claim to be descendants of male prophets. This system of control suppresses the feminine, sensuality and sexual freedom, true intimacy and love. It crushes self-esteem, sovereignty. This system robs people of their “innocence” by convincing them that they are born in sin and guilt and their only chance at “redemption” is via blindly following the clergy’s dictates.
As a sensitive soul growing in Iran, at a very young age I was adversely affected by the religious dogmas restricting my flow of energy. I absorbed the feelings of shame and guilt and learnt to protect myself by hiding. It took years of healing and revelation to “own” my feminine power and realize that “human beings are divine in flesh, right now! here!”.
After graduating from the University of Florida, I travelled and explored my feminine aspects. I spent a lot of time in isolation, meditation and research on Feminine Goddess archetype. This led to a new series of work related to my awakening to the feminine self reflected by deep connection to earth and journey to the realm of Heart.
In my recent work I am rectifying the blatant omission of the “sacred feminine” from socio-religious texts of patriarchal systems such as Islam and Christianity. I am challenging the exclusive depiction of “males” as divine figures. I am challenging the notion in these texts that sexuality is in contradiction to divinity for example in order for Mother Mary to be divine, she had to give a virgin birth. I address the rise of the sacred feminine from the dark, old, traditional, religious society of Iran. In my work, the “old” is represented by the Persian miniatures of mosques, ayatollahs , bazars, male prophets and legends, and the “sacred feminine” by recent “photographic portraits”
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