The breath in realm

I have endured things far and away Death , I have discerned

Yet wonder! I have not succumbed

 

Simin Behbahani / April 1998

 

به زنده ماندن درین دیار
چه پای سختی فشرده ام
چه مرگ ها آزموده ام،
ولیشِگِفتا!نمرده ام …

سیمین بهبهانی / اردیبهشت ۱۳۷۹

 

 

 

My works has always been about women- who were, or are, around me.

Women who were or are fighters in patriarchal societies struggling courageously for their homeland, and their right to live.

History is sometimes repeated; a repetition for the women of my country.

Sometimes Hijab (Islamic veil) is removed, and they are given the right to appear in the society, and later the right is taken back.

However, there always were women who were the missing half of the history of my country; those who were the fighters, those who took a step for their country, and were yet not talked of due to issues such as religion, and politics.

In my last collection, I have referred the occurrences happening in my country to the history, so that it can be a reason to remember the heroines of my country; heroines who are constantly fighting for their right of living in the society.

 

Soudeh davoud