Ghadirian’s “Like Everyday Series” was created from the plethora of domestic gifts she received after her wedding to fellow photographer, Peyman Hooshmandzadeh. Each of the photographs depicts a figure draped in patterned fabric in place of the typical Iranian chador. However, instead of a face, each figure has a common household item such as an iron, a tea cup, a broom, a pot or a pan.
Ghadirian uses these ordinary kitchen utensils as a readymade pun. Through a simple recontextualisation she exaggerates female typecasts in a hilarious way. Like a sieve-faced wife representing a woman who’s all mouth: a neighbourhood gossip, endlessly broadcasting like a loud speaker or a grater-faced wife, the dreaded prototype of mother-in-law jokes everywhere, all absurdly reducing identities to stereotypes.
Ghadirian’s work is not only linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran. It deals with issues relevant to women living all over the world. The daily repetitive routine to which many women find themselves consigned and by which many women are defined.