SHE IS ONLY PROUD OF HER SON. WHO IS GOHAR?
I received her M.A. in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. After studying photography in Iran, I have spent the last 16 years making the large scale of my practice concerning in social issues with particular references to history and culture through a convergence of interest in anthropology and sociology.I try with her own means to express the world around me. I starting point is always my surrounding, my memory, but with my very personal perception of things. I try to trace my relationship to society and the world in it’s most sensitive way. My practice continuously develops from life events and connection between the personal and the universal, the political and the fantasied.
When did you feel inclined to explore the world through photography?
In the years 1996 to 1997 that I was majoring in graphic design in conservatory, I learned about photography as an art. In conservatory, we mostly became familiar with photography techniques and black and white printing methods, but I had a photography teacher there named Mrs. Nezhad Soleymani and she was raising more issues on photographic aesthetics in that time which seemed very attractive and creative to me. Maybe it was the reason that I chose the field of photography in college. Of course, in that time I was participating in filmmaking free classes and I was also interested in filmmaking too. So sometimes I think that there is a relationship between my interest in filmmaking and stage photography.
The influences that helped the artist and human being in you.
I, as an artist, portray my own experience of living in a society in which I live and I try to challenge my personal views about violence, war memories, and happiness and joy feeling. Certainly, I cannot fix any problems. I’m not an activist. I’m only an artist. When I’m working on a project, I wholly omit the audience nature from my projects procedure and I do my job. Anyone can pick up his own interpretation from my work.
What do you think about nature?
It is really big question not easy to answer…! People are transient while nature is a constant; it will be here long after we are all gone.
One thing you’re proud of.
My little son, Damoun
One of your stronger childhood memories.
When the horrific nature of war becomes normal, it takes a surreal form. This is a strange memory that my brother and I, before school age, were collecting bullets on the roof of our house and the one that had more was the winner of that game.
What amuses you?
Anonymous and abandoned places.
What are you afraid of?
Lost in the woods.