Mahnaz Nezarati is a multidisciplinary artist whose work delves deeply into the sociological and psychological behavior patterns of women in patriarchal Middle Eastern societies, particularly Iran. As a woman who was born and raised in Iran and subsequently immigrated to Canada in 2014, Nezarati's practice is rooted in personal experience and sociological inquiry.

Nezarati's work has taken a more self-reflexive and inward turn in recent years, with a focus on observing, analyzing, and defining female identity. She draws on her own experiences and memories as a foundation for her research around diasporic Iran. Through her art, Nezarati questions and investigates many of the cultural norms, expectations, standards, and beliefs that were imposed upon her as a woman in her homeland, and how they have impacted her sense of self.

In her diverse practice, which encompasses drawing, painting, illustration, and traditional oil paint on glass animating techniques, as well as different forms of installation, Nezarati employs a variety of visual languages to communicate her narratives and concepts. Through her art, she seeks to shed light on the experiences of women in patriarchal Middle Eastern societies, to challenge preconceived notions of female identity, and to explore the ways in which gendered power dynamics shape our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.

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