Taklif: Ideas of Femininity was formed around our everyday feminine experiences to establish ongoing research into alternative feminist theories. We used a recollection of our oral narration, notes and personal records to develop a collective foundational knowledge.
For the occasion of this exhibition we brought together a collective experience, called Jashn-e-Taklif (ceremony of being dutiful). This religious rite of passage claims to mark the transition from childhood to adulthood and is held at Iranian pedagogical institutions and/or with families in the third grade of elementary school.
Our contributions will be presented into four formats: the exhibition, reading space, event series, and publication, all of which you will find responses shared by participants. The exhibition embodies recollection of diverse personal narratives, inhabited within intimate dialogic spaces of companionship and femininity. During this exhibition the gallery offers an open access reading space where selected materials surrounding the exhibition will be available for further engagement. The publication assembles a series of texts accompanied by visual diaries that ruminate on the ideas, histories, and conversations surrounding the exhibition and events.

Photo Credit: Guy L’Heureux

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