Parya Vatankhah is an Iranian artist and researcher who lives and works in Paris.
Her artworks employ a diverse set of media and techniques ranging from painting, video, photography, installation and performance.
Her interests primarily lie in the paradoxes of human mind and complexities of identity under the political and social influences, especially, in the presence of violence and confrontation and the effect it has on human interaction and intimacy.
Her subjects come from her intimacy and social experiences: The Iranian Islamic revolution, censors and human rights violations, war and immigration with a special sensitivity regarding the women’s conditions and social situations around the world.
The human body is used as both, the subject and the object of her work and medium, especially after her migration to France, to give meaning to her vision.
Her research subject examines the role of the human body in a politically and socially conscious art scene in contemporary Iran.
Parya’s art is displayed internationally in group and the solo exhibitions, video art and contemporary art festivals and also at university conferences around the world.
She was a lecturer at the University of Culture and Art in Iran for five years prior to emigrating to France.
She is presently enrolled at the Paris VIII University pursuing her PhD thesis in Arts, which has practical as well as theoretical components where she is also a lecturer teaching a course about the current representation of body in art.