Sareh Abooali

Sareh Abooali
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
PhD Candidate
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of the Professions

Sareh is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. Her research project is on the Representation of Women in Architectural Spaces in Persian Painting (Late Timurid to Late Safavid/15th-16th century).
Sareh graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Art History (by research mode) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia (2015). She also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with a focus on Painting from the Sooreh University of Tehran, Iran (2005). In addition to her academic background, she has gained hands-on experience in painting.

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Sareh Abooali

Sareh is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. Her research project is on the Representation of Women in Architectural Spaces in Persian Painting (Late Timurid to Late Safavid/15th-16th century).
Sareh graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Art History (by research mode) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia (2015). She also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with a focus on Painting from the Sooreh University of Tehran, Iran (2005). In addition to her academic background, she has gained hands-on experience in painting.

Project Title:
Untold Stories: Representation of Women in Architectural Spaces in Persian Painting (Late Timurid to Late Safavid).
Project Summary:
Some scholars believe that studying women's roles in Iran is not easy due to various issues such as the seclusion of women's lives that seem to exclude them from the formal accounts that create recorded history. In the scarcity of information about women in official sources they suggest that images of women abound in Persian paintings are a valuable source that offers a significant indication for investigating the social and cultural associations of such imagery.
    Through an investigation into the visual representation of women in medieval and pre-modern Persian painting, this study seeks to discern social and cultural implications of such imagery and how this may provide a better understanding of the role of gender and its changing social settings in a particular medieval and pre-modern Islamic society.
    The specific approach of this study is to examine the representation of women within, and in relation to, architectural spaces and elements, as these have also been depicted in Persian paintings of this era. Recognising that architecture can be both a generator and a reflection of social structures and cultural practices, the study examines how women were 'placed', framed and/or defined in the scenes depicted through the use of architecture in the compositional structure of the painting.  How the accessibility, patronage and outreach of women may have differed from the private to the public realm, and from commoner to noble, is examined by comparing the representation of women in the different types of architectural space conventionally depicted in Persian painting. How these constraints and behaviours changed over time is examined through a historical comparison of the architectural framing of the female figure in Persian paintings produced  to illustrate a particular genre of illustrated manuscript written between the late Timurid and Safavid eras.

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2013 - 2014 Research and Conservation Project Assistant Universiti Sains Malaysia, George Town
2011 - 2012 Graduate Assistant (research and project assistant) Universiti Sains Malaysia, George Town
2005 - 2006 Teaching in art high school Najmeh Art High School
2005 - 2006 Teacher and in art high school Kosar Art High School

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Persian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2011 - 2015 Universiti Sains Malaysia, George Town Malaysia • Master of Fine Arts (Art History, By Research)
2001 - 2005 Sooreh Art University of Tehran Iran • Bachelor of Arts in Painting
1997 - 2000 Girls’ Technical and Vocational Institute of Karaj Iran • Associate Degrees Course of Studies in Graphics

Certifications

Date Title Institution name Country
2017 Graphic Designer Iran Technical & Vocational Training Organization Iran

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2011 Abooali, S. A. R. E. H. (2011). The Emergence of Drawing as an Independent Expression in Persian Tradition During the 16th-18th century. In S. Shahir, I. Ahmad & S. Anuar Shaari (Eds.), 1st Malaysian International Drawing Marathon Book (pp. 91-97). Penang: USM School of the Arts.

Theses

Year Citation
2015 Abooali, S.; (2015); A Research on the Representation of Women in Safavid Persian Painting.;
Position
PhD Candidate
Phone
83134849
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Horace Lamb Building
Room Number
3009
Org Unit
The University of Adelaide

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