Les Artistes

"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1973 in Iran. Lives and works in Tehran.

With Tehran Prostitutes (2008), Shirin Fakhim uses absurd and sympathetic humor to address issues surrounding the Persian prostitution circuit. Her sculptures, made from ordinary objects and items of clothing, are grotesque and exaggerated stereotypes. The artist approaches the naked body as a source of taboo. The discomfort of looking at her sculptures reveals more about public attitudes and ignorance than about prostitutes themselves. Issues such as female genital mutilation, transgender orientation, homosexuality and cross dressing are all presented in her work.