A set of typographic posters exploring the contrast between two different dream memories. Both memories occurred within the context of one lucid dream, with two parts- one being the first stage of fear, and the second stage which is the overcoming of the fear. The content of the posters is the compilation of the poem "Inner Wakefulness" by Sufi Mystic Rumi, mixed with the progression of the lucid dream.
Poetry book created based on three poems by Charles Simic. This book is sequenced to begin with the poem "Stone", followed by "Matches" and concludes with "Mirrors at 4. am". There is a dream like quality to these poems which takes the reader deeper into a surreal state as you read. This book strives to convey the idea of falling deeper into a dream through shapes which are hand-cut and laser-cut that descend deeper into the book as the stories are told.
Fragile Intersections is a collaboration in Video and Performance, exploring the commonalities in feminine gestures. From archetypal imagery to contemporary absurdity, this video flirts with the representation of power and the hierarchy placed upon women. Three female performers illustrate these dynamics through abstracted movements and choreographed compositions of gestures, sound and gaze. The ocean is used as a background to relate to our actions towards mythological conceptions of femininity relating to nature and magic. The Egyptian goddess Isis is a main source of inspiration for this piece, as we pull from the mystic border between power and submission. The narrative and symbolism behind the goddess represents ideal maternity and partnership of marriage. Isis was also worshipped for her magical powers and influence over natural cycles. Mirroring these ideas, Fragile Intersections mystifies the image of femininity with the use of visual symmetry, isolation, and spatial depth
Stills from Fragile Intersections, 2014
Wind is a photographic series captured during my visit to White Sands, New Mexico, a location that falls directly on the same latitude as my country of origin, Iran. Geographically it was of great importance to me to find a a familiar eastern landscape, a landscape I find myself longing for everyday. I considered my journey a religious pilgrimage to find a familiar place, a similar environment and soil. White Sands resides within the landscape of the “American West” which has always had a gendered meaning, often described as the “Virgin Land”, untouched and pure. The myth of the American West has always been portrayed as very masculine, but in this series I juxtapose the western landscape with the female body, using costuming resembling that of the Egyptian Goddess “Iset” who was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife.
This series is compromises of performative self-portraits captured in a surrealist language. White Sands is an exploration of Eastern and Western mythology, the mystic female body, and my search through the Western world to discover a landscape similar to my homeland of Iran.