Parya Vatankhah is an Iranian visual artist, living and working for several years in Paris. His artistic practice is multidisciplinary and involves painting, photography, video, performance and installation.
She is interested in the contradictions of human thought and the existence of different realities for each of us in the face of a given situation, influenced by our past and by our private and social lives.The subjects of her work are nourished by her intimate and social experiments such as the Islamic revolution in Iran and its consequences on human rights violations and gender inequality, war, economic problems and also the experience of her immigration. Her works address the complexity of building oneself and knowing one’s own identity when the violence and suffering caused by political conflicts reach the intimate life. The body is omnipresent in his work, both subject and object, to become since his arrival in France, a powerful medium to convey her stronger and more provocative messages.
Her art is exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions, video art and contemporary art festivals, and at university conferences such as the Casablanca International Festival, Les instants vidéo de Marseille, London Feminist Film Festival, RMN-Grand Palais in Paris, Malmö̈ art center in Konsthall, Sweden and the Arad Art Museum in Romania.
She taught at the University of Culture and Art in Tehran and Rasht for six years, before leaving Iran for France in 2009. She is currently preparing a thesis in Aesthetics, Science and Technology of the Arts on the theme of the representation of the body in ngaged and political art. She also teaches process project courses about the representation of the body in contemporary art at the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Paris 8.