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Artist Talk – She Who Tells a Story

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She Who Tells a Story brings together over 85 photographs taken by 12 women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Together, these evocative images, ranging from fine art to photojournalism, challenge Western conceptions and provide insight into the contemporary social and political landscape of the Middle East.

Join us for a moderated discussion with Dr. Joanne Stober, a historian at the Canadian War Museum, and Gohar Dashti, one of the photographers featured in the exhibition. The discussion will focus on the artistic practice of photography to represent tradition and changing perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. It will be an in-depth discussion exploring the challenges that exist for photographic artists from the Middle East today — including the display of their work in the “Western world”; the tension between the desire to show contemporary perspectives and the pressure that may exist to represent their home culture; as well as the way politics play into the creative work of artists in the Middle East.


Gohar Dashti received her M.A. in Photography from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran in 2005. She continues to live and work in Tehran, and has developed a practice that examines social issues and explores history and culture in modern Middle Eastern society.


Dr. Joanne Stober is Historian of War and Visual Culture at the Canadian War Museum. She is a photography and film historian and is an Adjunct professor at Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture. Her doctorate is in Communications and Media Studies from Concordia University in Montréal. Dr. Stober curated She Who Tells A Story for the War Museum.

In English with simultaneous translation in French.

Presented in conjunction with the World at War – International Speaker Series, an annual series of academic events, presented by the Canadian War Museum.

Untitled #2, from the series Today’s Life and War, 2008
Gohar Dashti (born in Iran in 1980)
Pigment print
Museum purchase with funds donated by the Weintz Family Harbor Lights Foundation
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
*Reproduced with permission
*Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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