Born in the midst of a revolution in 1979, Iranian-born artist Sarvin Haghighi, experienced oppression and cultural conflict from a young age. Now living in Chicago, she reflects on her Persian roots and unique upbringing in a time of such instability as inspiration for her works.
Haghighi used art from a young age as a means of self-expression and release at turbulent times during her childhood and her background is very much present in her works today. Pieces from her new collection, entitled ‘Rumi Sessions’, being showcased at the prestigious London Art Biennale at the Chelsea Old Town Hall in January 2015, are a nod to her Persian upbringing and celebrate this cultural heritage so close to her.
Rumi, the widely known thirteenth century Persian poet, theologian and mystic, was a central figure in her childhood and Haghighi grew up immersed in his works and beliefs. Now translated into many languages, Rumi is one of the best selling poets in the USA and his influence transcends cultural borders and divides. Mirroring this cultural transcendence, Haghighi uses these emotionally charged personal works as an expressive celebration of cultural heritage and diversity. ‘Puzzled’, from the Rumi Sessions, a combination of beautifully dripping calligraphic letters on a glass surface is a uniquely personal piece which aims to convey the impossibility of fading out one’s own cultural background and the pertinence of one’s history.
These works are not only aesthetically captivating, offering an exciting glimpse of Iranian culture, yet also rich in meaning and purpose celebrating Haghighi’s cherished heritage.
‘Puzzled’ and ‘Pure’ from the Rumi Sessions will be showcased at the London Art Biennale from 20 - 25 January 2015.