Panni Malekzadeh makes beautiful, complicated portraits of contemporary Persian women coming of age. What age exactly they are coming into is not entirely clear. The young women she depicts, mostly based on her close friends and family, are clothed in elaborate period costumes, as though they suddenly woke up in a strange land and time, and are seeking clues to clarify their sexual and cultural identity. They appear filled with an abundant mixture of embarrassment, sexual hunger, shame, confusion, delight, and dread. Panni, a re... Read more
When she was twelve years old, Panni Malekzadeh found her father’s stash of Playboy magazines buried in the closet. The experience fueled her sensual portrait paintings of young Persian women.