I am freelance photographer based in Dortmund, Germany and was born in 1979. Before I became a photographer, I worked as a professional musician.
I mainly work in projects I have personal connection to. I am much interested in questions of culture, identity, and embodiment. What does identity mean in a cultural context? How can you draw conclusions from the indivdiual person to greater social contexts? How is identity embodied in a cultural context?
I have a ournalistic approach, and I try to dive deep into the realm of my sujets, but at the same time keeping a clear and differentiated view on things.
I also have an interest in transmedial narration. I believe that stories can be told in a multilayered way, but must be approached in an hollistic manner.
„Freedom is the least I want“, Meshkat says to me and starts singing one of her own original english songs. We are at an illegal jamsession somewhere north of Tehran. But Meshkat is not free to sing. In Iran women are not allowed to sing in public by law, because their voices could „arouse sexual feeling in men“. Violations can be punished by fine, prison or even lashes.
Nevertheless there are women in Iran who are ambitious vocalists. I accompanied some of them to concerts, illegal jamsessions, studiogigs, to music lessons and visited them at home. I am a musician myself. It was hard for me to imagine my profession being forbidden by state law. But this is about more than just music. These vocalists are a symbol of a slowly changing society in constant conflict between tradition and modernism.