Majeed was born in Esfahan, Iran. After finishing his studies, he traveled to United States where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Art and Sciences. He started taking photographs at age 14 but began to pursuit it more professionally around 2008. He has written, directed and produced, short films, animations, and plays. You can view some of his work on his website at www.beenteha.com
Moving back and forth between Tehran and New York City, Beenteha simultaneously combines and clashes both worlds, in a fusion that challenges cultural assumptions on both fronts. Beenteha images often feature veiled women posing nude in an iconic fashion that seems more sacred than profane.
Benteenha’s photography violates orthodox views about feminine modesty, about the religious and social connotations of the veil–only to show us another way to respect women and all that they represent: love, maternity, sensuality, desire, intelligence.
Beenteha images are simple, beautiful, erotic and dramatic. They feature symbols associated with the Iranian cultural heritage but also seem influenced by Western imagery and traditions. A body of Beenteha work projects a sharp contrast between traditional and modern realties that co-exist uneasily in modern day Iran. These images reveal an uneasy state of affairs and a growing divide between the orthodox and modern minded forces that define the social and political lives of Iranians. Beenteha work does not necessarily entail a criticism or rejection of either extreme. Rather, it unveils the inner struggles and tension that helps polarize and isolate the nation.
- Naked Souls - Arles (France) - 07/05/2015 - 17/05/2015