live in my past. I carry the load with me. My intention is not to forget the
point of origin, not to change the essential qualities. I see time as change,
growth, and as a substance in which the universe is a process. I re-evaluate and
make new comparisons to form new insights and new methods of reasoning, seeking
the inherent potential in a system or structure to point to new systems of
thought and behavior. Order has been created out of chaos, but order, when it
reaches a certain totality must be shattered by new disorder, or by new
inquiries and developments finding new concepts, recognizing new patterns.
Through my work, I seek to induce an atmosphere of "utterance and
Sohayla Vafai, (Iranian born, American artist)
MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Currently exhibiting at:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC in the exhibition entitled: "Book As Art XV"
Hadieh Shafie, (Iranian born, American
"My artistic dialogue forms it's own special pattern and vocabulary due to it's time and place. Depending on my feelings it may be white today and black tomorrow...
Today the emphasis may be on pure form and technique...
Tomorrow I may breathe politics and/or poetry into it."
"My experience of living in Iran as a child has proven to be extremely influential to my development as an individual and as a woman. The process of healing, from the trauma of having lived in such close proximity to danger can only be possible through acts of telling and revealing. I take great comfort in my memories of the past and the pleasure of creating works of art that will inspire my audience. Iran and the Iranian people and their struggle for an identity both as individuals and a nation, is the feul for my work as an artist"
Gharabaghi, (Iranian born, American artist)
Immigrated to the United States in 1994 after staying in Pakistan for three years. As a film-maker and photographer his work is very much defined by his experience of leaving Iran, and living as an immigrant.
Gharabaghi identifies himself as a "familiar stranger", a product of globalization and a misfit. "I sought utopia in the Euro-American dream while living in Iran. Today, I have turned my struggling past into a nostalgic dream. I make art to remember the past, reconcile with the present, and find hope for the future."
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