In my childhood, I traveled to Kandovan. Rural Kandavan is a rock whose houses are made of molten volcanic materials, and the villagers, using this natural architecture and landscape, have turned it into a unique habitat, which was and still is very eye-catching and attractive to me.
On the other hand, the uniquely shaped hat of the Qashqai nomads of Fars province (the province where I was born) made me think that the mixture and repetition of the form of this hat with the architecture of Kandovan village can be a new and attractive combination for creating my artwork. There is a certain contradiction in the lives of Kandovan residents. People who live in natural and rough holes made of molten materials. This coexistence with the violence of nature and everyday life was the original idea of this project.
In the meantime, apart from the Qashqai men’s hats, what caught my attention the most were the sun-burnt faces and thick mustaches of the Qashqai men with colorful clothes and belts full of magazines and bullets as if in the depth of this exterior, there is a lovely voice of the gentleness and wisdom of femininity and the determination, pride, and fighting spirit of men sitting together, which subconsciously shows this matter in my mind that apart from any profit-seeking ideas or religion, femininity is a guest in every man and masculinity in every woman. Undoubtedly, it can reduce the amount of personal and social psychological damage under the influence of education, creating a possibility for a more correct and better society.
At first glance, these two collections have two different paths, but in my mind, they are entirely connected.
This is the contrast that connects the collections, a contrast between ordinary life and the harshness of nature… especially in my country where masculine thoughts are the norm, but alongside the tenderness and feminine spirit, Qashqai men tell a different story.
This project symbolizes a whisper of thousands of voices that want to reform the profit-seeking and sexist ideologies.