Me and Not Me
Homa Arkani's Iranian Pop Art
Depicting girls caught between traditional values
and their distorted visions of the West
'Via the internet and satellite television, these youngsters voraciously consume Western celebrity culture, although in striving to be like the glitzy superstars whose faces grace their television screens, they have instead become their exaggerated, superlative, and hugely artificial inferiors.
'Oscillating between the rules and strictures of everyday reality (imposed by family, school, society, state and religion) and the relaxed and exuberant world of fantasies (constructed by Western media), members of this generation have gradually transformed into grotesque and ridiculous features on the verge of beauty and repugnance.'
About the Artist
Homa Arkani was born in Tehran in 1983, and in 2005 obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Tehran’s Azad University. With her unique brand of pop art, Homa ingeniously portrays the socio-cultural issues faced by a generation of disillusioned youth.
Born after the Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war (1980 – 1988), the girls who are so outlandishly featured in her Share Me series represent a people caught between traditional values and mores, and their own distorted visions of the West.