Maryam Safajoo

Maryam S.

Champaign, IL
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Females 5+ and males 5 to 10

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My work is about the crisis and victory in the history of the Baha'i Faith. What I'm doing is focusing on the situation of the Baha'is in Iran currently and the persecution they are facing. Through my work I hope to raise awareness about this persecuted minority and to show that even though they are deprived of rights, such as higher education, the right to employment, the right to bury their dead, the right to help their fellow humans through social and economic development projects, they are able to find victory among the crisis. I also take inspiration from my own life as my mother was imprisoned for nearly 2 years when she was 19 years old for being a Baha'i, and also my father in 2009 as well as my sister in 2016. I chose this topic as it is one that I have personal experience with and that I can paint about with detail that comes from my own life.
My painting process usually begins with a search for crisis within the history of the Bahá’í Faith, this can even be a contemporary issue as well. After I find the crisis, I then search for a related victory that is associated with this crisis. This victory could have happened in Iran, or in another country of the world. Once I have chosen a crisis and its related victory, I design one painting that shows them related to one another, because in life the crisis that one person or group of people go through are not separate from the victories that are born from those crises if we look deep enough. It is easy to focus on the crisis, but it is more difficult to find the victory.
I prefer to work with acrylic and oil on canvas and usually use birds in my art as a symbol of purity and innocence. I have seen many people in my life who were sinless and were sent to prison and sacrificed everything because of adherence to principles, such as truthfulness, honesty, generosity, equality and kindness. It is the example of these individuals, such as my mother and father, my sister, who have spent time in prison in Iran due to their principled behavior, that give me the motivation to share these crises and their victories with a global audience.

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Graduate Teacher assistant (painting)
Sep 2015 - May 2016
Tufts university


Master in Fine Arts (Painting)
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Tufts university


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Master in Fine Arts (Painting)
May 2016
Tufts university


Katherine Romero scholarship
May 2016
Katherine Romero
MFA Scholarship, SMFA
Sep 2014
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Photos & Videos

when my mother was in prison (age19) she is looking at her 11 fellow female prisoners who were executed because of  being a Baha'i.

when the Bahá’í professors and students were kicked out from the universities at the beginning of revolution in Iran

In 2011, the director of the BIHE university as well as several professors were arrested.

ranking universities which accept the degree of the BIHE allowing graduates to pursue their graduate.

Photo by Maryam S.

The Báb and Anis who were killed together by three lines of 250 soldiers and whose bullets made their separate bodies become one
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