Self Portrait of a Lifeless Artist in 2020 2020

As an Iranian artist who wants to work and create in my own country I am always in risk. because of complicated circumstances of ideologic, religious and traditional society and of course government, any time that I want to create an art piece, I feel like that Im gonna start a war. Im gonna face dangers, judges, misunderstandings, and … . Just because I like to use my art to make a better world. its kind of scary but I am always deciding to face it. So its look like a suicide .
so sometimes I think that I am sacrificing myself to make my world a better place.

The Kiss 2018

“Stockholm syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.” Wikipedia
We surrender ourselves ad nauseam. We yield to forbiddance, prohibitions, tortures, and punishments—and to exile. Regardless of their being just or not. Although, no forbiddance, prohibition, torture, punishments, or exile is just. We have given ourselves to pain and suffering more than our fathers, and they have done that more than their own fathers. The problem of the present generation, however, is not even surrendering, but rather a desire for, an addiction to, and an infatuation with our scares. We look at them with delight as we put on the cloak of a victim. And this is only the beginning.

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Milad Karamooz


He is a 37 years old self-taught photographer who’s born and living in Tehran. Growing up as minority in a society which is deeply influenced by religion, tradition, patriarchy has had a huge impact on his actions and social views. His work is a sort of manifestation for that. Throughout his works, he has always tried to challenge and criticize those social issues. The art is a tool for him to demonstrate and illustrate the pressure and pain which society had caused him.

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