Nazanin Jahangir

Nazanin Jahangir’s works are intrinsically linked with the Western concept of female portraiture and 19th century depictions of women in the Qajar period, yet they represent the spirit, confidence, and courage of Iranian women who have experienced systematic and structural discrimination.

Jahangir has been studying Figurative Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna since 2018.  Influenced by the elegant Secession era paintings of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, she manages to bring across her own emotions and the feelings of these young women without falling into the trap of simply copying the Austrian masters.  The broad eyebrows and large eyes clearly point to their heritage and cultural identities, whilst their style of clothing hints at their aspirations. “Women, life, freedom” is the slogan of all of them.


All images of artworks were taken by Jorit Aust.