Orkideh Torabi

Orkideh Torabi’s paintings lampoon Iranian patriarchal society, depicting men as clown-like figures. She uses a special technique of hand-painting every image with dye on stretched cotton to create imperfectly saturated surfaces that are both vivid and lurid. Born in Tehran, Torabi’s work draws attention to the personal, political and social issues facing Iranian women in a society where they appear completely absent.