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Freeing up the Windup Dolls. Aphrodite Navab
Artist Aphrodite Navab will present on her ink drawing series: WINDUP DOLLS (2020). Navab explores how the same tool which winds the doll will become the key that frees her. Like her invented heroine, Super East-West Woman, whose chador turns into a cape of agency—transformation, metamorphosis and reinvention are significant strategies for survival explored in Navab’s art. This series is inspired by one of Iran’s first feminist voices, Forough Farrokhzad (1934-67) and her poem “The Wind-up Doll” (1959): “More than this, ah yes, one can remain silent more than this...Exactly like a wind-up doll, one can see one’s own world with two glass eyes. One can sleep for years in a felt-lined box, on lace and tinsel. And in response to every obscene squeeze of a hand, one can exclaim without reason: ‘Oh, I’m so happy!"

Mar 28, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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