I was born in Tehran and raised in the suburbs of Toronto by an eccentric Iranian family whose deep connections to Persian art and mysticism inspired my early interests in visual arts, writing, and politics.
During my rebellious teenage years, I landed on the doorstep of the Toronto Women's Bookstore where I discovered the power of community and my voice as a feminist. Since then I have spent 20 years working as a community advocate for vulnerable populations and survivors of sexual assault.
Currently, I am focused on showcasing the diverse talents of Iranian artists whilst also examining how structures of oppression in the West have historically inhibted their expression by taking a retrospective gaze through the veil of Orientalism.
"Remember the flight for the bird is mortal."