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From breaking down kitchen walls designed to separate women from men to ornately decorating domestic spaces, an architect has been mapping “signs of resistance” of Iranian women in their own homes.

On display at the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah Architecture Triennial until February 8, the work of Iranian-Australian architect Samaneh Moafi explores how Iranian women have carved out lives for themselves within the patriarchal structures around them.

One example, the architect said, was how several women she worked with for her project “Parable of Mehr” (“compassion” in Farsi) had removed a wall in their apartments that was designed to separate women in the kitchen from men in the living area.

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