INTERVIEW: THE TEHRAN TIMES - PLASTIC TEHRAN
DESCRIBE YOUR WORK IN THREE WORDS.
Intuitive, dreamy yet realistic.
WHAT DOES YOUR ART FOCUS ON?
The unnoticed facets of Iran and the MiddleEast as a whole.
WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR IMAGINATION?
Unexpected juxtapositions of things, becauseI always find it more fascinating when thingshappen by accident, when they aren't necessarily planned. I think that's always the most inspiring moment.
WHO’S HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOUR ARTISTIC GROWTH AND WHY?
All the creative young Iranians I’ve met through The Tehran Times. They impressed me beyond what I could ever imagine when I started this and they continue to surprise me with their talent everyday.
BESIDES YOUR COMPUTER/PHONE, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT WORK WITHOUT?My intuition! Because I started The Tehran Timesbased on my intuition telling me the world wouldlove to see the hidden side of Iran. Ever since every decision I have made it’s been completely dictated by my intuition and it has never lead me astray.
HAS INSTAGRAM INFLUENCED YOUR WORK?
How could it not? Not only is it for the first time in history of mankind that we all have access to such a huge repository of visual beauty at our fingertips, but more importantly, it’s become one big conversation among creatives from all over and almost like a global “salon” if you will; we are all inspiring one another, responding to one another, and pushing everyone forward.
NAME THREE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS YOU FOLLOW RELIGIOUSLY.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST FAILURE.
It depends what day you ask me; I tend to be my own biggest critic and on any given day I amdissecting my latest project and finding failurein small details.
YOUR FIVE ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES?
Eyes Wide Shut
In the Mood for Love
A Single Man
The Royal Tenenbaums A Separation
YOUR ALL-TIME FIVE FAVORITE MUSIC TRACKS?
Michael Jackson - Billie jean
Nat King Cole - Smile (by Charlie Chaplin) Maria Callas - Casta Diva
Pari Zanganeh - Ghad Boland
Elaheh - Na Avaayee
WHO IS YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
At this point in time, considering my profession and the political situation between Iran and the United States, I guess my dream collaboration would be with American Vogue.
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?
When I see that my work has made a tiny contribution to the Iranian culture: what would satisfy anyone more than knowing that you are capable of making a change?