The Ties That Bind | Ramak Bamzar


Ladder Art Space and the curator team do not take any profit or commission from this exhibition.

90 cm x 70 cm x 2 cm
Edition of 5

This photograph is the visual documentation of an ephemeral installation and performance happening that I created spontaneously in the unique and powerful landscape of Moora Moora Reserve. For me, as an Iranian-Australian woman, this artwork asks the question: what am I bound by? But more than that, for all women – what ties us up, and ties us down, or in a more positive sense, what ties us together, individually and as a community. What are those tight strings that are wrapped around every woman – both visible and invisible – that hold us, constrict us, connect us, strengthen us, and strangle us. And the birds… flying free… what a dream! Imagine a future where all women can be free of the ropes and nooses that control, contain and restrain.

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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