Nose Job

Iran, 2009

Iran is the first country by number of nasal plastic surgeries, or Nose Jobs. Walking in Iranian cities, it is common to spot young middle class people showing the typical signs of a nose job. What apparently is an aesthetic value, reveals indeed the strong conflicts of the Iranian society. On one side, the Islamic fundamentalism and integralism pursued by Ahmadinejad prohibit this type of surgery, as well as any type of aesthetic hedonism. On the other side, the growing westernization of the new urban Iranian generations fosters plastic surgery. This contrast reaches its top in the bloody riots following the presidential elections. What at first sight may look like the consumistic caprice of the middle class, is in reality a sincere thrust towards a new form of liberty.