This photograph is taken from Tavakolian’s 2011 project Listen, which highlights the fact that women singers have not been allowed to produce their own CDs or perform as solo acts in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Tavakolian asked a number of women singers to close their eyes and imagine they were performing in front of a large audience, then took their portraits. She also created an imaginary CD cover for each artist, all of which “will for now remain empty”. This image – a dream CD cover for its subject, Sahar – was taken in the Caspian Sea, off the coast of Mahmudabad, a city in the north of Iran.

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