I Am a Magic Carpet: Mixed Media
My artwork is very personal yet universal. It takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. Through my work I explore my post-immigration experiences and living in a liminal space. I am especially interested in how the gap between places and cultures, results in creating a third space and a hybrid identity that is a product of a liminal space.
With my art I re-create this liminal space and my hybrid identity, which is performative. This hybrid, performative identity allows me to function in this liminal third space.
My artwork I Am a Magic Carpet is a multi layered, multi media artwork. It is an intimate exploration of my post-immigration life. It examines the hybrid identity I developed as a result of departing from one culture and never fully arriving in another.
Six photographs—representing my metamorphoses from an Iranian immigrant into the “Magic Carpet”—are housed in an architectural-sculptural optical device reminiscent of oriental castles. The device gives physicality to the liminal space in which I perform my hybrid identity through staged photographs. I alienate myself from others, putting myself in a box and inviting viewers to peer through lenses, observing me as an exotic outsider.
I find inspirations in Iranian culture, art and architecture, mythology and literature. I always challenge myself how to tell my story as an allegory that invites viewers to reflect on the piece through emotional connection to my work.