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EXODUS Project

The online project EXODUS will document the plight of a generation of Iranians who had to take a chance and make the significant decision to leave their country. Participants are able to share their stories of migration. Individuals may submit their accounts online sharing both text and photographs/drawings. Many of us who left Iran following the revolution between the years of 1980-2000, did so by parting with our culture, our country and our loved ones without knowing when, how and if we would ever reunite. The exodus of so many Iranians has had a significant impact on a nations culture and the memory of time before 1979. Intrinsically the personal accounts shared will shed light on a shared experience, documenting a period in history that has not been documented and more importantly give voice to those whose story should be heard.

  • Iran>Turkey>Germany

    Iran>Turkey>Germany 1985 Bus, Train & Plane Nilou & Naseem G. (Mother & Daughter) Ages of Departure: 15 & 42 Below is an Excerpt from personal account of migration submitted "My daughter Nilou was 15 when I decided I had to get her out of Iran. It just wasnâ??t safe anymore for young girls like her. There was so much that could go wrong at any moment. The threat of being arrested for talking to boys, not wearing the covering the right way, so many ways to get in trouble for a teenage girl.
  • Iran>Pakistan>US

    Iran>Pakistan>US 1994 Walking, Motorcycle, Bus, Plane Hadi, G. Age of Departure 27 Below is an Excerpt from personal account of migration submitted "It seems like a distant past, a past so vastly different from where I am today as a graduate student in the US, a past I feel proud of, a past I feel ashamed of, a past I must rememberâ?¦ I have been waiting for over three months to hear from the smuggler who is supposed to arrange for my exit over the south east border of Baluchestan region from Iran to Pakistan.
  • Iran>Italy>U.S

    Iran>Italy>U.S. 1985 By Plane Yasi, E. (Female) Age of Departure: 12 Below is an Excerpt from personal account of migration submitted My father still keeps this photo of me in his wallet. It was one of the last photos I had taken of me before we left. I left Iran with my family when I was 12 years old, in 1985. It was my Fatherâ??s idea to leave and he had to convince my Mother that it was the best thing for our future. She did not want to go initially. I remember being told by my parents to not mention our departure to anyone, not even to our family.
  • Iran>Austria>US

    Below is an Excerpt from my own personal account of migration d Iran>Austria>US 1983 By Plane hadieh, S. (Female) Age of Departure: 13 "This is the last picture taken of me and my brother with our friends at the base of the mountains in Azerbaijan, before the 1979 Cultural Revolution of Iran. I am the girl in the yellow turtle neck and my brother is the boy next to the older girl with the headdress.

Meditations

In this body of work, individual strips of paper have been marked with hand-written and printed Farsi (Persian language) text and drawings. Each strip is then tightly rolled to create a core, around which successive strips are added. During the repetitive process of adding paper strips to create individual rolls, text and symbols are revealed and often hidden within the concentric rings of the finished object. The title of each peice documents the number of individual strips of paper that complete the work.

Mawlana Muhammad Rumi; has a special place in my heart, his poetry and the search for the dervish within is at the core of the nature of my search. Concentric forms of text and material also take direct inspiration from the dance of the whirling dervish.

Having lived in Iran was a pivotal experience for me as a young girl coming of age. A constant element of my work has been the significance of process, repetition and time. The themes explored are the temporary nature of memory, history and personal experiences related to leaving Iran, longing and the struggle to find identity and peace.

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About Hadieh

Hadieh Shafie was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1983. The themes explored in Shafie’s work are the temporary nature of memory, history and personal experiences related to otherness and the Iranian diaspora. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 1999 with an MFA in Painting,... more

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