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  • About Artist
    My work is about unlocking memories that linger between various planes of reality.  The title "safar" refers to this notion of traveling between these states of consciousness within both time and space.

    The paintings are playful anecdotes which question my relationship to cultural stereotypes. They are open-ended narratives that question todays place for a utopia within contemporary Iran.

    Although the mirrors work on a different level, they too are an investigation into this notion of unlocking memories.  Iran is a country full of veiled truths which are only partially revealed.  As a visual artist I can only see half the truth and as I story teller I am only allowed to tell half the story.

    The installation aspect of this show is meant to reference times of colonialism.  As a means of claiming ownership, imperial powers would collect and display objects acquired from exotic lands.  This practice helped them understand (or look as though they understood) all that was unfamiliar.  With this installation I am claiming ownership of my own hereditary connection to Iran and its place within my artistic practice.
    About Artist
  • Selected Works

    Selected Works
  • Biography
    2008 Commissioned by Jerwood to paint Akram Khan. The nine piece panel is now part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

    2007 "Embodiment" group show- Signal Gallery, Hoxton, London

    2007 BP Award- National Portrait Gallery, London and Edinburgh

    2006 Included in Publication, "The Portrait Now" by Sandy Nairne and Sarah Howgate

    2006 BP Award- National Portrait Gallery, London and Aberdeen

    2005 BP Travel Award Show, National Portrait Gallery, London and Edinburgh

    2004 Winner of BP Travel Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

    2003 Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

    2003 Quod Art Gallery, Brighton

    2002 Chelsea Art Fair, London

    2001 Medici Gallery, Piccadilly, London

    2001 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2001 Royal West of England Academy, 3rd Place, Bristol

    2000 BP Award - National Portrait Gallery, London and Aberdeen

    1999 BP Award - National Portrait Gallery, London and Aberdeen

    1998 BP Award - National Portrait Gallery, London and Aberdeen

    1998 Exhibition of Portraits at Blue Gallery, Chelsea

    l997 Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art

    l993 Annual Boit Competition, Museum School, Boston, Mass.


    M.F.A. Slade School of Fine Art, London l997

    B.F.A. Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston l994

  • Exhibitions