The Odalisk Diaries

Navid Sinaki was born during a war that most people watched on television. As a gay man under relentless oppression of Iran, he found that he didn’t exist. It wasn’t until his family fled the the conflict to sunny California that he materialized. After the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, some old films were drawn over with black marker to cover objectionable material. Something about that struck Navid. As he puts it, “My Polaroids are my nudes and I dress them in delirium.”


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  • noel
    December 12, 2019 at 17:58

    Oh, boy! you have an unique vision!

  • Zoe~
    December 14, 2019 at 00:22

    Looks strange

  • Nicole
    December 15, 2019 at 08:30
  • Laura
    December 15, 2019 at 14:53

    I can’t understand it… is it ART?

  • lonelycat
    December 18, 2019 at 04:40

    relax, you don’t need to understand, just feel it 😀

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