I am a visual artist, and earned my BA in Visual Communications from Art & Architecture University (Tehran, Iran) in 2006, and my MFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan (USA) in 2014. My work responds to my experience of living in Iran and the U.S. which has revealed an in-between state about distance; I feel that I never fully arrived and never fully left. In my work, I deal with emotional and physical distance, compounded loss, and the opacity of language.
Mahsa and I graduated from the same college in 2006. After moving to the U.S., and seeing how Iranian women are represented in media and the art scene, we both felt the need for a more honest perspective of what really goes in Iran by mainly focusing on younger generation of artists who share the same dilemma and themes in their work.
"7500 miles" creates a platform to showcase and promote the work by women artists in Iran who are our contemporaries, with the hope to go beyond cliches and what has been shown in media and the art scene so far.