Bahar Behbahani, 2007
What interests me is creating images—moving and still, layered and literal—that
suspends reality in a state of hypnotic ambivalence, and yet reveals a volatile
sense of place. With visual language that abstracts my relationships with people
and poetry, pop culture and politics, I blur representations of true and false to
extract beauty from the chaos and uncertainty that surround me. My work
considers the value of a less emotive, but equally poignant perspective—I stage
a contemporary cultural critique layering and juxtaposing allusions to past and
present socio-political circumstances. Returning to Iran in 2006, I observed
myself and many other people like me in a state of suspension, living in a world
that seems upside down.
From a Middle Eastern viewpoint, Suspended might describe the loss of
individual power in a politically and morally restrictive environment. At the same
time, the scenario could be making a statement about the psychological
confinement of a media saturated Western culture.