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Iranian photo exhibit helps to change German views on Iran: Mehraneh Atashi

Berlin, Nov 26, IRNA - The ongoing Iranian photo exhibit, titled 'Made In Tehran' is slowly changing the negative views which many Germans have about Iran, said young Iranian photographer, Mehraneh Atashi in an exclusive interview with IRNA in Berlin on Sunday evening.

"This photo exhibition was very good because it had many visitors.

Mehraneh Atashi taking a photo at a Zourkhaneh

This is something very positive. I think our statements and art works showed another side (of Iranians)," Atashi said.

She lambasted the western media for misusing the Iran issue "to fill news pages."

Atashi stressed she felt offended by all the political questions which many visitors and journalists raised during the photo exhibit.

The photographer added she made clear during her numerous talks with Germans that it was not her responsibility to discuss political issues.

"As soon as they see that I am a woman who happens to come from Iran, they (German visitors) start to discuss peripheral issues," she said.

"However, I have told them to look at my work and not at where I am coming from and all the other (political) issues," added Atashi who along with five other photographers, Gohar Dashti, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Shadi Ghadirian, Hamila Vakili and Newsha Tavakolian is showcasing her photos at the Berlin-based Cicero gallery.

Zourkhaneh, by Mehraneh Atashi

Atashi who previously displayed her photos at other exhibitions in Paris and London, called the Berlin exhibit "important" since it focused on the art works of six young Iranian photographers who dwell on the issue of identity.

She accused western media outlets of "abusing" the case of Iranian women for their own political purposes.

"Prior to my trip to Germany, I was sure that peripheral issues would be created. It was not anything unusual for me ...," Atashi said.

"They are constantly looking around us but don't see who we are, " she added.

Atashi called on Iranian women not to allow the western media to treat them in a disrespectful way.

"If we were six photographers from any other part of the world, they would not have dealt with us in such a manner," she said.

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