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Bahar Behbahani
Bahar Behbahani

From the Series The Untitled Biographies, No. 14
2007
Mixed media on canvas
30 X 40 inches

 

Artist Statement
It started out very simply…
In the spring of 1973, in the city of Tehran, I was born.  My early childhood consisted of rolling around amongst my father’s writings, seeing myself through my mother’s pictures and splashing around my uncle’s studio.  Love, light and color were the main course at my family’s house.  I was 6 when I noticed the people; they filled the streets shouting with their fists clenched in the air.  When I was 7, the people’s revolution was achieved.
Under nightly bombings, in the basement of our lovely home, I was learning the meaning of life.  I was 10; amongst the rubble of my neighbors’ house, the death of my best friend’s brother and the constant fear of losing the roof over our head. My little sister was born, and with her came happiness. 

 

So at an early age, I learned the contradiction of being.   Fighting, hiding, bravery, timidness and covering my femininity were what I learned in school. At the same time, my mother and father worked hard to teach me to question what I learned from the outside world.  I hear my father humming a melody, my mother’s laughter, my sister stroking the piano and it is in this environment that I became an artist.

 

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