With a pre-graduate background in graphic design, I studied photography at Tehran Azad University.
Following my graduation, I began to re-create actual events which were unfolding in the Middle East using replicas and plastic dolls.
I simultaneously experimented with digital drawing by eliminating details and using flat colours to create simplified images. I concentrated on the paradoxes of the murals in the city of Tehran. The economic changes brought in huge advertising billboards which took over the streets and main squares, alongside imagery and slogans of a bygone era.
From 2008, a macro look at socio-economic events and society evolved in to a detailed concentration on oneself and the preoccupations of an individual, through a sarcastic look at isolation, individualism and the repression of dreams. This was a way to criticise - and simultaneously employ - art as a double-edged sword; applying it to more individual domains in contrast to the general application of art to global domains, while enabling a creation based on a more factual realisation.
To me what matters is the significance of the process in which an artwork is created, regardless of conclusions drawn from contrasting points of views toward art and creation. Here, I have no fear of leaving works undone or ‘in progress’. I believe uniformed, homogenous series’ abolish individualist values and drive the artist to a certain repetition and an absolute commitment to the interlocutor; to an extent where the conclusion is interpreted as the final objective.
Previous Group Exhibitions
Pulso Iraniano, curated by Marc Pottier / Oi Futuro Cultural Center / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
My Super Hero / MoronoKiang Gallery / Los Angeles, California, USA
Unexpected, curated by Necmi Sönmez / Kunstmuseum Bochum / Bochum, Germany
I.U.[HEART] / Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Iran diVerso: Black or White? / Verso Gallery / Turin, Italy
Iran Inside Out, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath / Chelsea Museum of Art / New York, New York, USA
Golden Gates, Contemporary Art from the Middle East / Organised by F&A Projects / Paris, France
Made In Iran, curated by Arianne Levene and Églantine de Ganay / Asia House / London, England
Ashura, The 10th Day / Aaran Gallery / Tehran, Iran
International Arts & Artists / Hillyer Art Space / Washington DC, USA
Breaking News, Contemporary Art from the Middle East / Organised by F&A Projects / Paris, France
Iran / Lopdell House Gallery / Auckland, New Zealand
In the State of Weightlessness / Silk Road Gallery / Tehran, Iran
Self/destruct / Bag Factory Art Gallery / Johannesburg, South Africa
Iran / Gold Coast City Art Gallery / Queensland, Australia
Thinking Cypresses / Rebel Minds Gallery / Berlin, Germany
Berlin Meets Tehran / Tammen Gallery / Berlin, Germany
N Gallery / Tbilisi, Georgia
Only Delhi / Khoj Gallery / New Delhi, India
Asar Gallery / Tehran, Iran
Vis-à-Vis / Art Space Gallery / Dubai, UAE