Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I am deeply interested in Canada. The historical and cultural context of this land and my presence and position here at this current moment in time provides much of the framework for my practice.

Rooted in an investigation of identity via consideration of immigrant experience, my works manifest in video, installation, photography and performance. Cultural cross-pollination, language, loss and belonging are ongoing areas of research within my practice. I am particularly interested in the conceptual potential of fragmented and repeated imagery for expressing memory, nostalgia, and the inevitable passing of time.

As a young first-generation Canadian navigating the forked space between two cultures, I consider my attempts at assimilation with the dominant Canadian society and the simultaneous sense of loss that incites a desire for cultural preservation. Through my work, I contemplate the effect of my displacement on my relationships in—and with— Iran and Canada, as well as the line between connection and alienation.