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Artist statement: In parallel is a series of photographs set three decades apart. One set reveals the life of my parents and myself 30 years ago captured by my dad Bahram Basseghi and me in Iran, 1988. The other shows my husband, son and myself captured in Australia in 2018, a generation later. My mum and I are 34 years old in the photographs. We all sit on the same chair as new parents. My four-year-old self and my two-year-old son peer through my dad’s camera with the same inquisitive gaze towards the world. These photographs are set in two homes, in the northern and southern hemispheres which continue to chart the ebb and flow of family members, highlighting the in-between state, the feeling of duality arising from the turmoil in Iran and since our migration to Australia. The chair, having also travelled from Tehran to Melbourne, however, is the common link. As our presence will eventually fade, it will remain for generations to come.



Sofi  c. 1988
Sauren  2018
The first portrait I took of my parents  c. 1988
Ehsan and I  2018 
Jahansooz Street home  c. 1988
Owens Street home, Melbourne  2018
from the series In parallel  2018
pigment ink-jet prints
29.8 x 39.7 cm (each)
courtesy of the artist


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