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    The images in “Little Songs of Exile from Iran” capture my internal spiritual dissonance related to sexual, religious and political oppression. W… Read More
    The images in “Little Songs of Exile from Iran” capture my internal spiritual dissonance related to sexual, religious and political oppression. With the bodies of others and my own I am telling the story of how, as a young man in Iran, definitions of sexuality, religion, freedom of thought and expression were all imposed on me. Still today, I struggle with freeing myself intellectually from those ideations and doctrines. I feel an ever-present tension between who I was to be, who I am becoming and who I aspire to be as a poetic photojournalist and teacher. Although I am Iranian, I have social evidence that immigrants from all over the world feel this lifelong internal tension and dialogue. This work visually reflects the crevasse between past and present; religiosity and modernity; and doctrine and self-actualization. Consultant: Kimberly J. Soenen Concept technique/method: photo projection on the body. Read Less
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The images in “Little Songs of Exile from Iran” capture my internal spiritual dissonance related to sexual, religious and political oppression. With the bodies of others and my own I am telling the story of how, as a young man in Iran, definitions of sexuality, religion, freedom of thought and expression were all imposed on me. Still today, I struggle with freeing myself intellectually from those ideations and doctrines. I feel an ever-present tension between who I was to be, who I am becoming and who I aspire to be as a poetic photojournalist and teacher.
Although I am Iranian, I have social evidence that immigrants from all over the world feel this lifelong internal tension and dialogue. This work visually reflects the crevasse between past and present; religiosity and modernity; and doctrine and self-actualization.

Concept technique/method: photo projection on the body.