Biography

I am an Iranian-born artist, internationally established for my performative and visual concepts that engage the globalizing feminine psyche. Working in video, photography, painting, and found objects, the inner dialogue of a woman’s duty versus desire is a theme that threads through all my works. My performance-based photography series, ‘Rainfall’, which received a Banff Centre Residency Award and debuted at Art Space Hamra in Beirut in 2015, illustrates the silent dance between the banal and the mystical that takes place in ordinary women’s work. In ‘The Party’, one of my latest installation at Gallery 44, supported by an Ontario Arts Council Grant, ritual becomes an artistic tool to engage Iranian archetypes of womanhood and social narratives of self. Using tea trays to reference the cultural workings of Iranian hospitality or taarof, the piece asks us to reflect on the simultaneous elevation and erasure of self that defines acts of service. Recent exhibitions of the my artworks have been held at the Czech China Contemporary Museum in Beijing, South Korea’s CICA Museum, Spartanburg Art Museum and my last two solo exhibitions in Canada, a performance-based series, ‘Zaghareet”, at Varley Art Gallery of Markham in summer 2019 and a performance installation art project, “I, Saffron”, at Goldfarb Study Centre Gallery at York University in winter 2019. My work evokes the feminine realm as I draw from the personal, mythological and cultural to originate on themes of beauty, isolation, creativity and fertility.

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