21st Century Gordafarid

Yasmin Sinai uses recycled paper and cardboard to make expressive sculptures. The Act of Gordafarid The Female Warrior, is the name of a collection of her latest work which are inspired by the Iranian female warrior of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Book of Kings). Sinai tells the story of Gordafarid as a leader, warrior, daughter, partner and mother through a sequence of sculptures with the heroine in various settings. She explains: “Gordafarid fought bravely against the mighty hero Sohrab to protect her father’s castle, earning his respect, and becoming a symbol of courage and wisdom for Iranian women. I want to present this ancient legend in a contemporary context by depicting Gordafarid as a modern-day warrior — a woman who plays many roles in society, and fights for her right to pursue her dreams and desires. This show is about the theatre of life, and the many facets of the 21st century woman warrior.”

Images by: Yasmin Sinai © Written by Roshanak Keyghobadi, 2019. This text cannot be quoted, translated or published in part or as a whole without Roshanak Keyghobadi’s permission.

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