SOAS University of London

Yalda Moaieri

12 Photographic Journeys - Iran in the 21st Century

15 October - 12 December 2003

Yalda Moaieri shows the bustling life of a shopping mall in Tehran. Her photos reveal the reverse side of Islamic society. Here the youth, broken free, rebel against conventions and exhibit their 'Western' preferences. Girls, carefree and made up, and boys in tight tee-shirts and Keanu Reeves glasses, showing their muscles, pass furtive glances, fix dates: here is the youth advertising its own ways of modern life.

Daughter of a photographer, Yalda Moaieri began learning her art at the age of 16. She was born in 1981. While working for news agencies, her camera explores the modern in an Islamic society. She brings out the tensions inherent in such conditions but treats them with freedom and humour.