Sanaz Haghani is an exhibiting artist with Lara Vaienti.
Artists Statement on Reciprocity
My work examines how culture and its identity can be understood from its women’s status and circumstances, such as the roles they play in society, the rights they enjoy (or not), and most pointedly, the dress codes to which they must adhere. For this collaboration, I wanted to depict a woman with a chador, a black veil that swallows the woman in its form. I wanted to envision a woman who struggles with her thoughts, a woman who attempts to hold or release something. I try to visualize an impression of being safe or being insecure. My work depicts the hiddenness, which is in contrast with Lara’s work. Mine is a silence, and hers is a scream. Mine is a secret, and hers is a manifest. From my view, this familiar contrast identifies the same situation. Even though we are from different lands, we face similarities because of our sex. This collaboration helped me to understand the meaning of being a woman in another culture. These similarities make us as a woman to be closer together and have respect for our struggles.
Artist Bio for Sanaz Haghari
Sanaz Haghani is an interdisciplinary Iranian artist based in Georgia. She is a printmaker, papermaker, graphic designer, and adjunct instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Haghani has presented her work across the United States, i.e., at the Georgia Museum of Art, Robert C, Williams Museum of Papermaking, and the Missoula Art Museum. She is one of five artists selected by the Georgia Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts to exhibit at MOCA GA in Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020. She has exhibited her work internationally in multiple solo and group projects and has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions.
© Sanaz Haghani