From Persia to Canada
June 18th, 2016
Pari Azarm Motamedi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She studied and worked as an architect and urban planner in Iran and England, seek before moving to Canada in 1984 with her husband and two young sons. She has practiced and created art for more than thirty years and has presented exhibitions, papers and workshops in various cultural and academic venues including Columbia University, Oxford University, Simon Fraser and Emily Carr universities, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Victoria, as well as private and public art galleries in Tehran and Vancouver.
My Blue Canvas: Life and Art, Memories and Meditations ($70 U.S. 520 pages), published in Canada by Anahita Productions in May 2016, narrates, in lyric prose, memories of her childhood and youth in Iran, coping with revolution and war before immigrating to Canada. Much of her artwork and writing emanates from the traditions of Persian poetry and culture.
“It also presents my work of the past thirty years,” she writes, “created in Vancouver on the lingo-visual translations of the work of classical and contemporary Persian poets as well as other examples of my art in different media. I have presented papers on my lingo-visual translations of poetry at the University of Oxford and other academic institutions.”