picture me in diaspora, 2018
mirror 50x60 cm
c-prints 9 x 13 cm

For many years‭, ‬my parents took pictures of us children and of us as a family for my grandparents who lived in Iran‭. ‬All photos shared a similar aesthetic and should convey a specific image of Vienna‭ / ‬abroad‭. ‬The mediation of an idyll was in the foreground‭ ‬beyond the realities of everyday life‭. ‬

These photos once again had a great value for my grandparents and were prominently positioned in the flat‭. ‬In a mirror and on the living room ledge‭, ‬they found a worthy place‭. ‬

With picture me in diaspora I start my first self-portrait series‭. ‬It a work on the issues of identity in a white majority society as well as the discrimination and unequal treatment of Women‭* ‬of colour in the European diaspora‭. ‬It is the thematisation of‭ ‬a‭ (‬desired‭) ‬image and the reality‭. ‬A personal topic that I share with many people living in the diaspora at the same time‭. ‬

I take self-portraits in the aesthetics of those diaspora photos as a continuation of the enactment in a certain way‭. ‬I position‭ ‬them in my grandmother‮!‬٪s mirror‭, ‬the only material memory left to me after her death‭. ‬I wonder what my grandmother thought when she saw us and herself in the mirror‭.‬

© Sepideh Hassani 2024