Leila Khalilzadeh

My works demonstrate my ideas about gender issues in religious cultures. The concept of my works is the inner tensions that women experience within themselves. These tensions arise due to a number of social factors that includes, censorship regarding religious and political issues, ultimately lead to suppression of the natural tendency and deprivation of human and emotional rights. I use women body and portrait because I believe it’s one of the most effective way to demonstrate the beauty of form. It also helps define individual's identity constructing sex and gender significance. My main focus is on social, gender issues, and psychological effect on women. I use photography and painting to create a series of self-portrait and I titled this project Identity.

E-mail: lkhalilz@ucsd.edu

Lost Identity
Leila Khalilzadeh Aghdami
Oil on canvas