“My family had to leave the country after the revolution, before I was born, because we’re members of the Baha’i faith, which is persecuted there to this day. I’ve traveled my whole life—been to 30 countries—but I can’t experience my parents’ country firsthand, so painting is my only way of relating to my ghost homeland. This series started with stories of my father’s childhood garden full of fig trees and pomegranate trees. For source material I use family photos, my imagination, and pictures on Instagram by Iranian photographers. The final images are patchworks of imagination, memory, and storytelling.”
Kimia Ferdowsi Kline's solo show, Landscapes for the Hungry, will be on view at Turn Gallery in New York City until October 16.