Majeed Beenteha is an Iranian born, aspiring filmmaker/photographer. His interest and studies in visual forms of expression began in high school. After graduating from college, he moved to New York city where he began his experimental photography and film work. His first foray into filmmaking was a short experimental film titled "Cirque Shab" (Cirque de Nuit), a film about the place and role of women in the Iranian society.

The female figure is used interchangeably to represent a mythical lioness, motherland, and womanhood. Additionally, the depiction of a female figure on faces of stamp and currency photos signifies the commercialization and objectification of woman as a political and social commodity, to be used, abused, traded, exchanged, valued and devalued.

The incorporation of mirrors in the Reflection photo series compels the viewer who comes face to face with the mirror to reflect upon the way they sees themselves vis-a-vis various interpretation of their culture.

The infusion of conflicting symbols, figures, and cultural icons in these works suggest the existence of paradoxes in daily political and social lives in Iran. Furthermore, they give testimony to the absurd notions and definitions that various groups in the society cling on to in relation to Iranian national identity, collective sense of morality, religion, God, sexuality, freedom, and cultural and political independence.



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