Kiana Hayeri

Photographer
    
Your Veil is a Battleground
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an... MORE
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Your Veil is a Battleground
Copyright Kiana Hayeri 2022
Date of Work Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
Updated May 2020
Location Tehran
Topics Fashion, Iran, Personal, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Women, Youth

Your Veil is a Battleground is a continuation of Beyond The Veil project. Inspired by the title of Barbara Kruger's controversial piece, "Your body is a battleground," this series of diptych portraits explore different ways that young Iranian women choose to wear Hijab.

Even though Hijab is enforced on women in Islamic Republic of Iran and is mandatory to wear in public, these young women implement it as a fashion element, accompanying it with distinctive make-ups and colorful headscarves. Many young women take advantage of this to make a statement with their look, stand out of the crowd and empower themselves. One may even argue that beside from the Hijab, the make up itself, is a form of veil as well.

The image that one represents from self is important in Iranian culture. These brave young women have shown tremendous strength and confidence by putting themselves in front of my camera, allowing me to photograph them not only without the veil, but also bare of make up. (2011-12)

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