Iranians, Objects, Words

Photojournalism  project

Medium: 90 pieces of Archival Inkjet prints (Epson Enhanced Matte Paper)
Overal size of the artwork: 26 x 188 in.
Year: 2018

“Iranians, Objects, Words” is a 90-piece artwork consists of 30 passport-like portraits, 30 photos of objects belonging to participants with 30 sentences relating to each of those objects. These words are selected from conversations conducted with 30 people of Iranian descent while taking their portraits. It is clear that most nations have a very different personality regardless of their appearance, but the issues of assimilation can be a common problem among most immigrants. As an Iranian, it felt more natural to start the project within my community here in state college, but additional projects including other nationalities will be researched with the intention to promote similar conversations.


The purpose of the work is for the audience to get the idea that the appearance of people tells so little about personalities. Therefore by looking at the texts and their objects, an audience will understand more detail about these people but requires more time to relate each object and sentence to a person. Therefore, this work not only shows the issue of assimilation but also engage the viewer in a grid puzzle in front of them.