Bahar Sabzevari’s self-portraits also explore her own personal stories. The first thing you notice is her gaze – steady and unflinching, though more curious than confrontational. “A direct gaze is considered rude in Eastern culture, especially for women,” she explains. “The women in my work are trying to express their courage and boldness, declaring visually that they are not afraid of being seen or judged. In exchange, the gaze is nonjudgmental and draws the audience closer, inviting them to discover the painting and the idea behind it.” (Aspire) >>> Follow her on Instagram

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