Not Allowed | Homa Sadeghi


The artist donates 40% of sales to the people of Sistan and Baluchestan in Iran.
Ladder Art Space and the curator team do not take any profit or commission from this exhibition.

Mixed media on canvas
138.4 ×108.4 cm, framed

Rage and Agitation, these feelings are the foundation of this collection.
I’m a woman from the Middle East, where beauty is forbidden.
These ripped faces are our reflection of us. This is how an Iranian woman sees herself.
The lifeless bodies of girls and women, the tragic faces of burned beauties who are still trying to grow and become more beautiful. These are the silent shouts of this part of the world. Do you hear that?

Purchased artworks can be collected from Thursday 1 December, 6:30 pm* during gallery hours
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-6 pm
*Gallery is open until 8:30 pm on the 1 December for the next opening night


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Exhibition Statment

The advancement of globalization has led to growing interdependence between nations, whereby their ideologies and cultures are constantly fused. This has, in turn, augmented the understanding between mankind and made them part of a larger whole – humanity. A key element that facilitates the conversation between human beings, regardless of their nationality and language, is art. Art has the capacity to, in its own way, give expression to human sufferings and challenges in the face of conflicts, and facilitate the dialogue between nations.

The ‘Zan, Zendegi, Azadi’ exhibition is an artistic attempt that aims to portray the current women’s & freedom movement in Iran, make their voices resonate across the world, and convey Iranians’ emotions. In doing so, it hopes to represent a realistic image of the courageous acts, sacrifices, and resistance of Iranians while their suppressive government is ceaselessly attempting to choke their voices by shutting down the Internet. More than eight centuries ago, the famous Iranian poet, Saadi, wrote that “if you have no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain”. It is hoped that this exhibition increases understanding about and, by extension, sympathy for Iranians.


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