30sec film artists Vol.80 – Sara Niroobakhsh

“I really like the performative aspect in my work”

Sara Niroobakhsh:
Born in the southern part of Iran, Sara Niroobakhsh is a Toronto-based visual artist. Holding a Master’s degree in Illustration from Art University in Tehran, she has been working as a painter, photographer, and video artist since 2008.

Sara’s works explore the relationship between ancient cultures, semiotics, monuments, and memories, and are heavily influenced by both Iranian (i.e. Aryan) and Semitic imagery and traditions. Her dark, ambient portraits tell not only of her story as an Iranian woman, but also of the experiences of Iranian women in general. Exposing her hopes and dreams before the camera as both a ‘reciter of memories’ and an eyewitness, Sara illustrates with artistry the ongoing conflict between the desires and ambitions of Iranian women stripped of agency in a man’s world, and the often dull, mundane, stifling, and lackluster realities they face throughout their daily lives – and which they have to accustom themselves to, often against their will.


Sara Niroobakhsh’s Artwork

Sara Niroobakhsh – 30sec film artists Q&A

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone?

Listen to music

How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?

A good idea can always repeat in different shapes, grow and expand itself in various project

Do you collect things?

No, I don't.

What's the last great book you read?

Shoot an Iraqi

What super power do you want to have?

Successful Contemporary artist

What’s your craziest dream?

Being one of the bests

What do you fear the most?

Not working

Do you have a motto or creed that as an artist you live by?

Think big and work hard.

How do you come up with ideas?

I do research a lot.

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

I always work on different project at the time but I can tell the projects that need more equipments and cost a lot.

Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?

Anything in childhood memories changed to the nostalgia but I always challenge my findings from the past and try to avoid to get emotional.

How do you know or feel when a good idea, is a good idea?

When it matches perfectly with my practice.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

I always challenge my works to send it to the well know art adviser. So, I can't specify exactly which advice was the best for me.

What makes you feel satisfied as an artist?

Finishing a whole project

How did you overcome or emerge from a really low time in your life?

When you love something and take your goal seriously you will always find time. So you think carefully, focus on priority and urgent things.

Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience

I find Sara Niroobakhsh’s works very intimate and honest. She is sensitive with her identity and the way she grow up. She uses her self as the medium to deliver the message of her art.
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