Freedom Is Not Free

Les Rencontres d’Arles Author’s Book Award 2021



Also available as limited-edition (25) + print

What does freedom mean? Through the lens of her camera and through a kaleidoscope of history of women in resistance, Mohadjerin put together a multidimensional work which takes the viewer on a dreamlike journey bound by neither space nor time. The art-book accompanies an exhibition focusing on the private and public world of Iranian women who grew up after the Revolution of 1979 and on places of significance from the artist’s childhood. Her works are part of an Artistic Doctoral Research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Antwerp, which started as a research on female freedom fighters and culminated in a very personal journey to her native Iran.

Lipstick and Gas Masks



In this book, the women who played important roles in the recent uprisings that began in Tunisia, spread to Egypt, and then swept through other parts of the Middle East are highlighted. Coming from different ideological and social backgrounds, these women defy stereotypes we might have of ‘Arab Women’. Archival images (both historical and current) are put together as collages, offering visual context.

Textile and Resistance



Textile is a vector of identity – something more important than ever in times of war and crisis in particular. It is connected to the body it covers like a second skin. It both conceals and reveals, and contains a history and iconography whose roots often lie deep in a culture’s customs and traditions.

This work was created for the Antwerp Fashion Museum (MoMu) along with an exhibition highlighting the importance of fabric and clothing to issues such as migration, resistance, tradition, spirituality and decolonisation.

The focus is on nine personal stories of people whom curators Bendadi (text) and Mohadjerin (photography)- in whose own personal stories migration features prominently – met during their travels to Paris, Antwerp, Lebanon, Morocco and Iran.

This book was commissioned by MOMU (Museum of Fashion in Antwerp, Belgium)