Laleh Sherkat : We are southside

Latest News

August 2022

Laleh’s work is on show at Art27scotland’s new base in 40-42 West Crosscauseway.

First Hand: Women Artists Exhibition. Drop-in Weekdays during the Fringe. 

This exhibition combines the work of 4 award-winning international artists who have had residencies at Art27.  

Maryam Yahia Mohamed’s sculptural works evokes the vibrant and distinctive cultural heritage of Sudanese and North African identity.

Laleh Sherkat, Iranian street and documentary photographer, portrays the early days of the Iran/Iraq war as seen through her eyes as a young women witnessing huge societal change.

Marta Adamowicz, rediscovers her roots through the world of Slavic mythology and explores how art can be a tool of social change.

Shatha Altowai, paintings movingly represents the emotional world of women surviving under threat in Yemen throughout the war.


Exhibition text

Laleh Sherkat

Laleh Sherkat is an acclaimed Iranian photographer and former photojournalist. She is renowned for being one of the first women to document the Iran-Iraq war and the first to photograph female prisoners in Iran.

She is a founding member of the Iranian Photography Society and has juried and curated many photography exhibitions and competitions in Iran and Scotland.

The photographs presented in the exhibition come from the project
We are Southside which was created as part of Leleh’s residency with Art27scotland. The whole project was exhibited as a solo show in Southside Community Centre in Edinburgh from February until May 2022. This exhibition is its iteration presenting a selection of the images in the form of mounted prints and as an artist’s portfolio.

The photographer shows us the everyday street scenes; passers-by caught in their daily errands stopped for a split second. Through Laleh’s images, the audience can witness those fleeting moments to learn about the richness of the surroundings and remember that even a brief meeting with a stranger can be a valuable moment of connection.

Laleh’s images are an ode to this buzzing neighbourhood bursting with colours, home to many communities