"I have used design to investigate and visualize divisions that result in the creation of the “Other.” By divisions I mean physical and political barriers, such as walls or checkpoints, as well as imaginary or cultural barriers revolving around the idea of the nation-state. I used graphic design, rather than other media, in order to reach as broad an audience as possible. My process involves abstracting and simplifying the visual elements of these divisions in order to create awareness of these divisions and to incite action in the viewer."
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran I moved to United Arab Emirates in 2004 to study Visual Communications. After graduation I worked as a graphic designer in a branding company. I enjoyed my work but longed to communicate meaningful issues to a larger audience. Therefore, I decided to move to California collage of the arts in San Francisco to achieve my goals in an environment that cares to create design and art that matters.
Interested in the separation of east and west after living in both places; I started looking into the meaning and effects of borders, barriers and walls; not only their physical qualities but also their psychological and political implications. Since living as an Iranian abroad has given me first hand experience of the effects of these separations, I am hoping to raise awareness or create a conversation around these topics with my work.