With more than seventy-five percent of the population under the age of thirty-five, Iran remains one of the youngest, and most Western-seeking countries in the Middle East, yet women are still forced to wear the hijab in public spaces. As many young Iranians try to gain more freedom in the way they dress or interact with the opposite sex, they can face fines, imprisonment and potential torture. Many challenge and take risks to put on a bit more makeup, wear more colorful clothing, reveal bare arms, push their headscarves farther back or do things behind the closed doors that are banned or counter-cultural.
Embodying a personality and determination of this generation, Beyond the Veil captures, in subtle and quiet ways, a window into this disobedience both behind closed doors and on the streets of Tehran. This project not only explores the 'veil' in its literal sense of the word, the Hijab, but also as the curtain that delicately separates public and private lives of Iranians.
In times when politicians speak of isolation and aggression, this project offers the Western audience a rare and unique into the lives of ordinary people living in Iran today. (2010/2013)
*Beyond the Veil was previously called Your Veil is a Battleground - Phase One. The title change has taken place as of October 2012.