About

I am an Iranian multidisciplinary artist born in Iran 1983 and based in Paris since 2011.
In Iran, I developed several exhibition projects in duo with Farshid Monfared on the stumbling block of exoticism that is expecting of artists from Middle East. The subject of self-exotisation has evolved but still interests me a lot in the European context.

My practice unfolds through a diversity of mediums: photography, video, drawing and more recently, installation. I am interested in ambiguities and transitional states between ideas and moments, and in the same way I seek the « loose links » between artistic techniques: the flaws and poetic accidents that come out from their marriage. For each project, I tend to do a lot of technical and material research, and I especially like to create in the hybrid space situated between the digital and the analog.
Having worked alongside cinema directors for a long time, my approach is very cinematic. I envision my practice as taking an omniscient narrator’s point of view that observes and focuses for what is hidden, vague, giving way to fantasy in inner and parallel worlds. Through images and the atmospheres of my installations, I aim at creating floating stories that people can appropriate according to their own perception and history. At times fictional, at others making their way in a gap of time and space, the poetry of a moment. I want to question the image and complicate its meaning to foster a paradoxical feeling in the viewer’s mind.
Of course, my practice is informed by my story, growing up in Iran and migrating to Europe. My paradoxical understanding of the image, in-between critical distance and fetishisation, probably comes from the complex and disillusioned relationship I have with the country I am from. However, for it is also important that this identity influence remains subtle, and not the primary focus of my work. It is there, infiltrating, but I am not trying to make a point about it.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  Discreetly Living Behind Your Face, Galerie 52, Folkwang-Uni, Essen, Germany.
2018  Discreetly Living Behind Your Face, Galerie des petits carreaux, Saint-Briac, France.
2017 
Telesmkultur kapellen, Pictoplasma festival, Berlin, Germany.
DUO EXHIBITIONS
2011  Nature Regulate, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2010  Aklil-al-Molook, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2007  Exopalasht, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2006  Drawing, Related, Unrelated, Tehran Artists House, Tehran, Iran.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2018
ArtvilniusArt Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania.

2016
Face à Face, Association La Source, La Guéroulde, France.
2014
Transparency, Galerie des petits carreaux, Sain-Briac, France.
2013
 Cousu Main-le temps passé, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
Art On Paper, Art On Paper art fair, Bruxelles, Belgium.
Paysages, Galerie des petits carreaux, Sain-Briac, France.
Interdit aux mineurs, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
2012
Slick Art Fair Paris 7ème édition, Le Garage(haut-marais), Paris, France.
Jaunes, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris, France.
AnimaFac Festival, Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris, France.
2010
Contemporary Illustration, Saba Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Window, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Obligatory military service, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2009
Nowruz, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2007
9th visual arts biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran.
Small Drawing, Ebnesina Gallery,  Tehran, Iran.
2006
House of Drawing 2nd Gathering, House of Drawing, Tehran, Iran.
Limited Access, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
House of Drawing 1st Gathering, House of Drawing, Tehran, Iran.
8th visual arts biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran.
2005
First Poster, Honar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

RESIDENCIES, TALKS
2018
• Talk at Folkwang-University with Gisela Bullacher, Essen, Germany.
Conversation with Ali Ostovar & Andrea Kofinas about for ‘Discreetly Living Behind Your Face’
Residency at Des petits carreaux Gallery, Saint-Briac, France.
2017
Residency at La Source association, La Guéroulde, France.
Photography project in collaboration with the children during the workshop selfie/self-portrait.
Intervention for Little Villette festival at La Villette, Paris, France.
Live drawing of Mes Amis monstres book.
Talk at Bétonsalon, Center for Art and Research, Paris France.
Talk about artistic career on subject Tehran: iden­ti­ties/spaces.
Conference at Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, Germany.
2016
Intervention at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
Talk about Abbasi Kiarostami’s first film and his influence on Jafar Panahi’s cinema.
Residency at La Source association, La Guéroulde, France.
Drawing, Video project in collaboration with the children during the workshop Une Maison, C’est quoi ?.
2014
• Workshop with Arte, CinemaCity.
Finalist for script writing workshop at Forum des images with Michel Reilhac.

PICTURE BOOKS
Terres et Hommes, published at Actes sud-Junior. 
Les Poulpes futurs maitres du monde, published at Actes sud-Junior.
L’incroyableAventure de la génétique,published at Nathan.
Sonnette entre chien et loup, published at Gallimard Jeunesse.
Mes amis monstres,published at Actes sud-Junior.
Un arbre pour ami, published at GallimardJeunesse.

PUBLICATIONS
Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives by Hamid Keshmirshekan.
Signing Tehran – Eine Designreporteage by Julia Kahl.
Urban Iran by Biranna Olson

PRESS
Interview Magazine Kaltbult Magazine Libération Étapes Premiere Art Tomorrow Herfeh Honarmand Etemad

COLLABORATIONS
2018
• Collaboration with Morad Montazami on exhibitions ARABÉCÉDAIRE Dusted Watersat The Mosaic Rooms London,
Producing & Directing videos.
Collaboration with Jafar Panahi on movie Three Faces,
Head of post-production.
2016
Collaboration with Centre Pompidou on Jafar Panahi’s exhibition Images/Nuages,
Collaboration with Clément Chéroux on Art direction, Post-production of short film où en etes vous ?.
2015
Collaboration with Jafar Panahi on Taxi Téhéran movie,
Head of post-production, Graphic artist.
2013
Collaboration with Jafar Panahi on Pardé movie,
Head of post-production, Edit, Graphic artist.
2011
Collaboration with Jafar Panahi on This is not a film movie,
Head of post-production, Edit, Graphic artist.
2009
Collaboration with Abbas Kiarostami on Les Murs exhibition,
Image editing and preparation of prints.
2008
Collaboration with Sadegh Tirafkan on his exhibition at Assar gallery,
Image editing and preparation of prints.