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Azadeh Fatehrad, Departure (2015) c-type print, Tehran

7 Feb –
8 Mar 2016

Exhibition: Iran’s Women’s Movement - On the Archive of Sadiqe Dowlatabadi

Open February 7th – March 8th 2016 Wednesday – Sunday, 14:00 – 22:00h Location Framer Framed IJpromenade 2 1031 KT, Amsterdam Route Framer Framed can be reached from Amsterdam Centraal Station with the ferry ‘Buiksloterweg’. The entrance of the building is located directly on the cycle-path adjacent to the river IJ. The exhibition space is accesible through the restaurant THT. Free entrance

We are pleased to announce our first exhibition of 2016, opening on Sunday February 7th. This exhibition will centre on the emergence of the women’s movement in Iran, at the beginning of the 20th century. It  is curated by Azadeh Fatehrad (Iran) in collaboration with Framer Framed. The project is a reflection on the personal archive of Sadiqe Dowlatabadi, one of the pioneers of the women’s movement in Iran.

OPENING: Sunday February 7th, 17:00
Preceded by a lecture by Azadeh Fatehrad at 16:00, on the exhibition and her research (at the Royal College of Art, London) into the Iranian women’s movement. Lecture in English. Please make a reservation if you wish to attend the lecture: reserveren@framerframed.nl

Feminism in Iran came to the forefront quite simultaneously with feminism in other parts of the world. The emergence of women in the public sphere in Iran is tied to the formation and growth of women’s associations and publications over a period of 20 years, approximately from 1910 to 1932. This was the achievement of a few elites and pioneers who passionately started to work for women’s education as well as playing an active part in Iranian society. The magazine Zaban- e-Zanan (Women’s Voice), published by Sadiqe Dowlatabadi in 1918, was the first publication written by women about women and for women’s interests. For many, Dowlatabadi is considered ‘the first founding mother of the Iranian feminist movement’.

Women association of Iran, 1932. Photograph. IICHS Archive, Tehran

Women’s association of Iran, 1932. Photograph. IICHS Archive, Tehran

This exhibition comprises a series of video- and photographic works by artist and curator Azadeh Fatehrad that reflect on and respond to Sadiqe Dowlatabadi’s archive at the International Institute of Social History (IISH, Amsterdam). The project highlights the successes that Dowlatabadi has achieved for the feminist movement of Iran in the early 20th century and the relevance of this archival material to the contemporary context of women’s life in post-revolutionary Iran (1979-present). The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs at Framer Framed. As part of the exhibition, there will be a table dedicated to books and journals related to this topic and to the development of the research.

Tour through the IISH, by professor Touraj Atabaki
On Tuesday March 1st at 16:00 (please note! change of date from February 23rd), professor Touraj Atabaki will kindly give us a tour through the archive of the International Institute of Social History. Professor Atabaki is the one who acquired the archive of Sadiqe Dowlatabadi, which inspired the exhibition at Framer Framed. Spots are limited for this tour, please e-mail reserveren@framerframed.nl if you wish to join.

Feminism / The living archive / Iran /


International Women's Day at Framer Framed
Opening exhibition Society and lecture by Chandra Frank.
Framer Framed and Prince Claus Fund present two tours
Guided tours at the Institute of Social History and the Prince Claus Fund Gallery.


Azadeh Fatehrad

researcher, artist, curator