Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar interview with Sele Aboutaleb



1. What is your story Sele?

My name is Sele Aboutaleb and I was born in an art and sport loving family in 1975 in Tehran, Iran, and since I can remember I have always looked at arts with a professional point of view. To pursue my love of art, I graduated in photography in 1999 in Tehran. Although I had several opportunities to leave Iran in order to pursue my artistic career, my love for my family and country never let me do so. Currently, besides working on my new body of works, I am also teaching at The Tehran Institute of Technology. I try to transfer my knowledge to my students who have recently started photography and are thirsty and excited to learn, so that they can also express their feelings through their images. That is how my professor taught me.

2. How long did it take for you to master your photographic skills?

I believe that mastering skills in the photography world is always an ongoing process, even for me who teaches at a professional level.


3. What are you doing to grow as an Iranian artist today?

In general, every society would be proud of its art background. Unfortunately, we are living in a society that does not support its artists especially young and emerging ones and since Iranian artists have restrictions, they are not completely free to bring their ideas to life. I myself have always tried to show progress in my collections and will always continue to do so.

4. Who are your favorite contemporary artists today?

A prominent professor from whom I learnt a lot from, the symbol of innocence and graciousness - Bahman Jalali. May he rest in peace.

5. Favorite musician and film?

I should say any melody and scene that provokes my feelings.


6. What is your life motto?

Honestly, I prefer not to follow a specific motto. In short terms, being happy, making others cheerful and always smiling are the things I believe in.

7. What inspires you today?

My country’s history, people’s life condition and social pressures are all my motivations to create an image.

8. What do you love most about art? 

The fact that via art the artist can always by releasing a new technique and series of works, having many different effects.

9. What projects are you working on presently?

I am working on a project called “Redemption and Loneliness”. This project requires a lot of traveling all over the country. Every shot from this series comes from the creation of the image in my head, which then takes on many levels of work inside the studio.

10. Where can our audience buy your work?

- Via the Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar.
- Via artclvb.
- Directly via contacting myself.




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