‘Sherazade’ and the female role by Siba Sahabi

‘Sherazade’ is the most famous Persian female character and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights).
This collection of West and South Asian stories dates back to the 9th century and was translated by the French writer Antoine Galland in 1717.
In the 18th and 19th century, the heroin Sherazade was eroticized and exoticized by the orientalists, but since the 20th century, Sherazade has been transcending her original literary environment, appearing in different novels and films and becoming a role model for discussing contemporary female issues such as self-determination and independence.
Though Persian in her origin, Sherazade’s changing European image reflects the transformation of the female role in Western society throughout the last three centuries.

The final objects

«This collection is comprised of three lamps made of coiled coloured felt strips coated with a layer of metallic paint on both sides, increasing the refection of the light.»

Siba Sahabi: The transformation of Sherazade to the final objects is expressed through the image I created in collaboration with Lisa Klappe. Working with photography gives me the possibility to visualize my research in a narrative way. And I try to keep these narratives open ended as to leave space for the viewer to make his or her own interpretation. To me, the documentation of my projects, are as important as the objects or installation themselves.


Siba Sahabi: There are different ways in which I find my inspiration: It can be while travelling, reading or visiting museums. Once I discover a story that triggers my imagination, I give myself the freedom to play with the historical material and finally translate it into a contemporary design. And design to me means interacting with the relevant themes in an attempt to express cross-cultural exchange both in space and time.

Content Credit: ©Siba Sahabi and Through Objects.

Photos: Lisa Klappe.

Trends: Experienced Narratives.