Being an Iranian woman, I still cannot consider myself a representative of Iranian society. The complications, paradoxes and multiple layers of the Iranian culture refuse the potentiality of any simple call on its women issues. As a result my work becomes more of an experimental social work on the Iranian women.
In “A pause at Petrifaction of Salt”, I have tried to express the invisible gap between men and women of my generation (those who were born during the 80s in Iran). I call this gap invisible because Iranians hardly talk or reference issues of sort. Guilt and modesty are two of the major reasons to keep any issue unspoken in Iran even among women.
“A Pause at Petrifaction of Salt” simply raises a question of secrecy between Iranian men and women. This video is shot at a desert in Garmeh, Iran. The salt lake has become a metaphor for the single man who desperately moves in circles. The behaviours are full of ambiguity. The man is loosing interest in the subjects and laughter of women, yet he is missing out the point that there is a secret kept from him. That is while the female narrator is racing to catch up with her voice.
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