In 2012, over 280,000 people immigrated to Canada. While the promise of the West inspires individuals and families to leave their homelands, immigration requires adjusting to a new life. Young adults forge new identities, while older immigrants experience a sense of isolation. Survival in a new country demands the unlearning and learning of a culture.
"Changelings" is an intimate study of a married couple whose decision to move to Canada set into motion a series of unforeseen joys and difficulties. This story is part of an ongoing project to explore the repercussions of immigration. Abbas and Soheila are the artist's parents.
Fashion photographer Pooya Nabei was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. His unique cultural background is reflected in his unconventional perspective: drawing on both darkness and light, movement and stillness, Pooya's photography embodies tension. With a sense of fantasy, he explores an electricity of emotions.