Via paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations, Taravat Talepasand reconsiders the ideological assumptions that index Iranian identity, state power, and gender in order to consider how body and image come to signify and rebel against normative notions of Iranian subjectivity. Her interest, however, is in painting a present, which is of and intrinsically linked to the past, making it easily understood by Iranians and indicative of assumption for the Westerner.