My pass 2014-2017
My hopes and dreams are captured in a small journal. In it you will find many messages to God about the desires of my heart in hopes of manifesting my move to America. Obtaining an American visa is generally difficult for Iranian people, so I believed that it would take a miracle to bring this dream to fruition. I considered other options for studying abroad to such places as, Germany, Italy, and Australia, but America was the place I always dreamed of. In 2012, my dream came true and I was given the opportunity to come to America. During preparation for my journey, I noticed my passport had two completely different portraits; one where I am wearing a scarf, as is the customary garb based on the Islamic rules of Iran, and one where I am not wearing a scarf, which is permissible in the U.S. I found it very interesting that a passport, which is used to show ones identity, could show two different identities. I tried to show my lifestyle through a juxtaposition of pictures from Iran and United States in passport form. I seek to show a conversation between these two nationalities through common daily activities such as sitting on a chair or in a dining room with family or friends. I inserted my self-portrait as a bridge between these two countries.