Art & Design

Regular But Shameful Self Expression (Why Shoot Yourself in the House?)

Art & Design

Regular But Shameful Self Expression (Why Shoot Yourself in the House?)

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These images of the young girl are by Sadaf H. Nava, an Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary/performance artist and musician based in New York. Nava turns the camera on herself, subverting the traditional artist-muse relationship, filling both the roles of photographer and model in an act of self-objectification. Her self-portraiture explores female and Middle-Eastern identities, as well as fashion, commodity culture, the sexualized body, and self-promotion. Throughout her work, elements of autobiography and narrative project a cohesive and centralized subjectivity, but this individuality is complicated by references to cultural stereotypes and classical symbolism.

WHY SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE HOUSE?

HERE WE HAVE A SERIES OF SELF SHOTS TAKEN OF THE SELF
NEW KHAJAR PERSIAN LIFESTYLE SHOOT WITH OVERSEAS SHOPPING GOODS BY THE YARD AND
ACRYLIC ON THE LIPS AND ON THE EYES.
HERE WE HAVE A LADY SHOOTING HERSELF.

NEW DOMESTIC SEXY MUMU NAKED UNDERNEATH
AGAINST WEIRD THIN WET RICE-CAKE MATTRESS. DINNER CLOTHING FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICa
WITH SHINY UNDERTHINGS AND LAUNDRY BAG ON THE HEAD.T-SHIRT CREATIONS THAT WILL MAKE
CAB DRIVERS TRY TO STEAL YOU. TRAP YOU

FAKE AND TEMPORARY PLASTIC SURGERY
TO LOOK BRIGHTER IN THE FLASH. BEAUTIFUL LYRICS INTERPRETED INTO ONE PAIR
OF CHROME SHOES MADE IN LOS ANGELES.

REGULAR BUT SHAMEFUL SELF EXPRESSION.

HOUSEPLANT FISH BABY PET PISCES MOON INTERPRETATIONS.
PLUSH PLUSH TOY INTERPRETATIONS.

A LOVE OF ALL THINGS ROUND AND OVAL.
WHAT BEING FIRED TWICE IN
ONE MONTH FEELS LIKE, AGAINST A CRUMPLY PLASTIC WINDOW.

PAINTING SEXY LADIES AND MUSCULAR MEN.
WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU GO AWAY?

A LOVE OF ALL THINGS ROUND AND OVAL.
SHOOTING MYSELF IN
THE HOUSE.

ONLY CARE FOR
PHOTOGRAPHY OF YOURSELF, YOUR MIRROR AND YOUR PETS.

WHY MAKE PEOPLE CRY BECAUSE OF YOUR
AFTER-PARTY LIFESTYLE CHOICES? WHY NOT BRING BACK LAMBADA FASHION? WHY HIRE THAT STYLIST?
WHY BORROW THAT LENSE? WHY NOT MAKE A PAINTING ON YOUR FACE THAT IS NON TOXIC? WHY BE A CRITIC?
WHY GO TO THAT POTLUCK? WHY GO TO THE PERFORMANCE EVENT? WHY GO TO THE BASEMENT SHOW?
WHY SCRATCH YOUR HEAD AT THE COFFEE PLACE? WHY SQUEEZE OR RENT MUSIC?
WHY TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS? WHY PROMOTE THAT EVENT? WHY TAG ALONG TO THE BAR PARTY TO TALK ABOUT
YOUR CAREER ?

ONLY CARE FOR
PHOTOGRAPHY OF YOURSELF, YOUR MIRROR AND YOUR PETS.

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