Gallery 4

This gallery is dedicated to all the artists who helped me during my initial years in America.

The double images represent dual perception. One image symbolizes society’s perception of the musician and the mirroring image, the musician’s perception of himself in society.

Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, non­Islamic music has been strictly prohibited & is against the law. During my childhood in Tehran, the only music I was familiar with, other than Michael Jackson, was Iranian pop music. In 1994 my family & I moved to the Bronx from Tehran.

This was a time before the Internet and it’s global impact on cultural intermix. Being exposed to different genres of music for the very first time, most specifically Hip Hop, was an extraordinary experience echoing in volumes and subsequently helping me cope during my initial years in America. Even though I didn’t speak English, the powerful effects of music on emotion has no language. Music bridged the gap between my eastern and western life. This gallery is dedicated to all the artists who helped me during my initial years in America.