Hidden Dream

Shaghayegh Shayankhah, Iran

Shif Island is located in the south of Iran in the Persian Gulf, and it is home to about 800 families. The dominant language in this village is Arabic. The occupation of most of the people in the Island is fishing. Women in this area wear colourful or patterned chadors. 

My goal in this photography project was to depict the quality of living of Shif‘s women; women and girls who, despite all restrictions, were still pursuing their dreams. Most of these women and girls put themselves behind their chadors, during photography, because of their restrictions. And this situation for me was a reminder of their everyday life; women and girls with clothing full of colors and dreams hidden behind these chadors. Behind these colourful chadors, the truth of their lives was hidden, and I was trying to illustrate that hidden truth.

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