Samaneh Roghani [mfa-exhibition]

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For the Silenced / For the Forgotten

For the Silenced (2019) – photo installation, analogue self-portraits printed on ceramic tiles coated with liquid emulsion; glass, water, ink; 150 × 80 × 113 cm

For the Forgotten (2020) – photo installation, analogue self-portraits printed on ceramic tiles coated with liquid emulsion; natural fiber ropes hanging at different heights in the whole room

Photo documentation from the Spring Exhibition 2020 at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fear is a feeling that I have lived with, ever since I decided how I want to live my life, and learned my rights as a woman. Where these matters can’t be taken for granted, attaining them is a struggle.

Fear of being violently suppressed, or ending up in prison. Like countless others in this struggle, that even can lead to death.

Totalitarian regimes rule by fear, and executing a subject becomes an important method of silencing many more, by the fear that creates. Still, women and men put their lives at risk demanding our rights, justice, and peace.

In the country where I come from, there are many women behind bars, in bad conditions. Women who defended and fought for my and other women’s rights. Rights that the regime took from us. Now they imprison us because they fear us.

I want to be a voice for those who are fighting against injustices, and have been imprisoned just for demanding their rights.

For those who never came out of the dark prisons.

For those whose eyes never got the chance to open to the light again.

For those who never give up, end up in prison, but keep the hope of getting out to see the fruits of their labour.