The Exit of Farhad and Shirin, 2012
With the series The Exit of Farhad and Shirin, Kazemi remembers The tale of Shirin and Farhad. A love triangle – Farhad a stone mason and King Khosrow are both in love with the beautiful Shirin. The artist revisits the 16th century tragic Persian love story in order to comment on the struggle and forced migration of those who must leave their homelands to find the freedom to love. The work is also symbolic of the suppression that men and women still endure today. Ultimately, however, Kazemi’s message is that love can overcome even the most difficult situations.