NOISE

Faranak Rezaee

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Private television screenings in Iran do not exist. All broadcasted programs pass first through a strict filtering by Islamic Republic governmental networks. Personal and individual use of satellite equipment is considered a serious crime. However, according to unofficial data, more than seventy percent of viewers in Iran use a satellite dish to view overseas programming. In contrast, the Iranian government also takes extreme measures to interfere with the viewing of such programs. By sending wave noise through the satellite, they create a great deal of disturbance for viewers.

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My father who is of retirement age spends most of his time trying to enjoy various satellite programs, but that becomes difficult to do when wave noise creates interference. In fact, I often find him struggling on the roof with the satellite dish, attempting to rid our reception of the government's interference, although changing the angle of the dish does not help get rid of any excessive noise and he is ultimately forced to call a local "cable man." After having paid the installer's fee several times now, however, he realizes that being noise free is always only a temporary improvement and it isn't long before he needs to arrange for another visit. 

 

I, on the other hand, follow programs that are broadcast and approved under the realm of the republic. Because of my personal interests, I also saw this situation in a different perspective. Every time my dad was not watching television and I was stuck with a checkered screen in between shows, I imagined those lines to be Presto brushes. Since then, I have started photographing the raster images in order to discover my own "paintings," and give them life.

 

 

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Faranak Rezaee was born in Khorramshahr in southern Iran. Originally trained as an artist, she began to experiment with photography as a natural extension of her talent for visual expression. She now works as a freelance photographer for an assortment of newspapers and news agencies. You can also see more of her unique work on her personal Facebook page.                       

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