Let’s Play Again?
"The oppression of women, the bombs and the violence of the Basij have certainly
left a strong impression on me".
Navigating the difficult territory of Middle Eastern politics, the artist explores the theme of a child's world, while expressing the sense of betrayal felt by the Iranian people towards the leaders of the Islamic regime. Sarfaraz' work investigates recurring anxieties
of conflict, repression and censorship through the childlike coding system of a plastic toy
collection. By staging the figurines in specific patterns, she links her own exile and other violent
situations to the power struggles of Iran and the people’s desire for freedom. This distortion
between play and politics highlights the injustice of the manipulation of the weak, the gulf
between great powers and a people’s struggle for freedom. Through Sarfaraz' work, we come
to understand the idea that day-to-day experiences of conflict are not the exclusive property
of a specific nation or country.
Vicky Chainey Gagnon