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Unspoken Memories

The primary aim of my work is rooted in a very self-conscious identification as an Iranian national. However, I fill my work with Eastern and Western details, scattering the viewer’s ability to locate what is unique to Iranian culture. I believe that all immigrants bring something new to the culture they inherit while, at the same time, gain a new perspective on what they have left behind. In my case, this unique way of seeing, understanding, and analyzing my history, culture, and traditions is expressed visually through the lens of an expatriate in exile.

I work in various mediums such as video installation, painting, and sculpture. Most recently, I have been working on a series of paintings entitled Unspoken Memories. In this group of works, I have been exploring the concept of conflict. The shredded wefts in certain parts of the canvas juxtaposed with the pristine, untouched iconography in other parts symbolize a constant shift between beauty and destruction. This notion is well expressed by this quote by Haruki Murakami: “No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away...even if their wefts are broken.”

06 - 27 septembre 2022

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