1. What is your story Dara?
I am a proud Iranian, from Tehran, and lived most of my life in Tehran, Iran. I owe everything today to my parents. I have had a desire and love to create things since I was just a kid, growing up around so many tools and machinery, going to my father’s personal workshop and making or breaking something was my every day. Repairing this or that or making new things, telescopes, sound systems, camera tripods, light fixture and so many other random things was what I lived for. This love for creating kept me all my life from entering just one field and I am really happy about it.
2. Discuss your art practice process.
It all starts with an idea, and then I start working around the concept and change the piece in question as much as it is needed until I am happy with it. I love to experiment with new material to learn more and to be able to create interesting items. The passion I have for creating has helped me to acquire the knowledge over the years in the photography and sculpture fields.
3. How long did it take for you to master your photographic skills?
I am still learning every time I pick up a camera, however, I was about 10 years old when I could capture my frames perfectly with any analogue camera.
4. What are you doing to grow as an Iranian artist today?
No matter what situation I might be in, I always keep my mind open, travel to all corners of my beautiful country along with my equipment for weeks and months, and keep on experimenting and exploring.
5. Who are your favourite contemporary artists?
Parviz Tanavoli is probably my favourite today. I also really enjoy all of Murakami’s works, as well as Koons.
6. Favourite musician?
It is hard to say but music for me is an endless universe and in its centre is Sasha (Alexander Paul Coe).
7.What is your life motto?
To be the best version of myself.
8. What inspires you?
The cosmos, my country Iran, out of the ordinary shapes and figures and my friends.
9. What do you love most about art?
Its future and the fact that you can talk through it while making your points in specific and unique ways.
10. What projects are you working on presently?
At the moment I’m working on a series of installations, as well as a photography road trip to cover even more of Iran’s beautiful cities and states.
11. Where can our audience buy your work?
- The Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar.
- Siin gallery in Tehran, Iran.
- Directly via www.dara.fr.