Born in 1973 in Tehran, Neda Tavallaee studied art at the University of Fine Arts in her hometown. She has spent her life studying the position of women in her society and in her own words she recounts her understanding thereof: 'Women in the middle east have always had a sense of mystery about them.
Whether it's because of the culture that has always required them to hide their bodies, emotions and thoughts or the taboos forced upon them through time. Therefore, art has always been one of the few doors that could open a way for their voices to be heard. Through art they have been able to tell forbidden stories of love, hate, great injustice and the mighty struggle they endure in order to be seen, heard and considered human.
Nevertheless, there have always been a majority of women with strict religious values in these closed societies who oppose any kind of change and have no tolerance for the actions of the above. In many ways there stands a wall, tall, strong and unyielding between these two groups. Each on their own side, peaking at the other from windows now and then, reluctant to make contact, feeling safe with their own kind.
I tell my version of this story through painting. As it is the honest form of storytelling I know and transforms even the most horrifying of experiences into something bewildering.
As an artist the most rewarding sensation is to be heard, seen and felt through my work. Hopefully it is so.' Tavallee presently lives and works in Tehran where she teaches and participates in various group and solo exhibitions.
Gallery Mamak has an aim:
to introduce contemporary Iranian art and literature to the world.
At a time when the need for dialogue
between cultures has reached its peak there is a definite lack of
exchange between Iranian and world culture. On our part, we seek to
offer an insight into the life and works of Iranian artists, writers
... Payvand News - 4/12/11 ... --