As an Iranian artist living in the diaspora, the value of diversity and intersectionality has always been very close to my heart and my creative practice. Photography, documentary with experimental style of filmmaking and facilitating conversations among disparate immigrant communities allow me to fill in missing, multi-faceted expressions of narratives. My work interrogates my identity as an Iranian and an immigrant in the U.S. while centering themes of feminism and social and cultural norms. I believe my role in this encompasses many facets of what it means to be an artist: researcher, risk-taker, storyteller, and community organizer. I have observed how immigrants may feel judged and have fear around sharing, due to the language barrier, stereotypes, and accents. I use my work to create an invitation, and a platform to open up conversations.
I have been exhibited across the US and internationally, including; Photo London U.K.; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; Projecting Possibilities, Culver City Arts Foundation; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco ; Jamaica Center of Art & Learning, NY ;CICA Museum, South Korea ; 2020 Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, NMSU ;4Culture, Seattle, WA ; The Glass Box Gallery at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 2018 I received an awarded the LensCulture Portrait Awards Jurors’ Pick and received first place at the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s second annual fine art photo competition; second place CAFAM & Farhang Foundation (Focus Iran 3); Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, NYC. My work has also been featured by the United Nations, the British Council, and Australian High Commission and in the UNESCO Palace, Lebanon. I am currently a board member at Level Ground organization; Artist in residence in Side street project based on Pasadena and 2021 Active Innovator Leadership program at Arts for LA.