These photographs are inspired by the short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the story, published in 1892, the protagonist sees a woman trapped inside her bedroom wallpaper, and the wallpaper becomes a metaphor for the social mores of the Victorian era. The narrator tears the wallpaper in an attempt to release the woman she sees crawling behind the pattern. In these photographs, modern young women are entrapped in a similar gilded cage. But in these images, the protagonists are behind — or encompassed by — the wallpaper. They are engulfed within pattern’s repeats. Some are finding their voices, leaving these domestic walls for the greater world. They struggle to find their voice, envision the future: emerge.
Tira Khan’s photographs focus on people, family and unguarded moments. Her images are often personal, and she finds that elements of our daily lives often reflect broad, universal themes. In the past year her series, Growing Up Girl, has been featured on Der Spiegel Online, Lenscratch, Musee Magazine, and What Will You Remember. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times Lens Blog, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She has also published photographs in two books: We Who March, a book on the 2017 Women’s March; and Family. Life., organized through the Alexia Foundation.
Tira was recently selected by Christopher Rauschenberg as one of eleven photographers in Exposure, the Photographic Resource Center’s 22nd annual exhibition. She has exhibited in shows at the Danforth Art Museum, Griffin Museum, and Blue Sky Gallery, among others. She won first place in the New York Photo Curator contest, Vibrant, and an honorable mention in the Soho Photo National.
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