From East to West: My Diary
Painting series, 2017.
According to Shayegan, the Iranian thinker “due to modernity, as a worldwide network, and the interconnection of cultures, the modern individual has no (homogeneous) identity and discussing uniform identities is totally outdated ”. Instead he talks about the formation of bricolage/multilayered identity where each individual who is living in, and constantly influenced by the In-between of different awareness, cultural and ontological spaces would become a bricoleur with multiple identities.
Being an Iranian Turkmen who immigrated to Finland, I felt the need to reshape/rearrange my bricolage identity using the visuals in my painting series. As I was new to Finland, I tried to build some cultural connections and as any new comer I was of course introduced to Kalevala which is truly comparable to Iranian epic literature text “Shahnameh” in the sense it also was compiled and written for the purpose of preserving the Persian language and oral literature.
In this series “From East to West: My diary” I try to create my imaginary space using Kalevalah and Shahnameh illustrations together with my personal pictures collaged on my paintings to put myself in between of different awareness and cultural spaces as an interdependent individual.