Our Story Is One

Maryam Safajoo’s paintings are tragic, seductive, original, poignant, and politically charged. She is of the Bahá’í Faith, one which has been treated with extreme brutality by the Iranian regime.

Her process involves in-depth interviews with Bahá’í people who have experienced this brutality. She then painstakingly paints their moving stories. She simultaneously charms us with her folksy, even faux naïve style and confronts us with the horrible reality of her subject matter.

This strategy adds great power to her work and makes her art complex, layered and nuanced. Her work is difficult yet accessible, serious without being somber, beautiful without being decorative, politically charged without being just didactic. The personal experiences of her subjects speak of one of the crucial moral tragedies of our time. Her work is filled with anger but also with love, which makes it complex and compelling.

Gerry Bergstein, Faculty Emeritus SMFA at Tufts.

Maryam Safajoo’s paintings are tragic, seductive, original, poignant, and politically charged. She is of the Bahá’í Faith, one which has been treated with extreme brutality by the Iranian regime.

Her process involves in-depth interviews with Bahá’í people who have experienced this brutality. She then painstakingly paints their moving stories. She simultaneously charms us with her folksy, even faux naïve style and confronts us with the horrible reality of her subject matter.

This strategy adds great power to her work and makes her art complex, layered and nuanced. Her work is difficult yet accessible, serious without being somber, beautiful without being decorative, politically charged without being just didactic. The personal experiences of her subjects speak of one of the crucial moral tragedies of our time. Her work is filled with anger but also with love, which makes it complex and compelling.

Gerry Bergstein, Faculty Emeritus SMFA at Tufts.

  • Contributors:: Maryam Safajoo (Illustrator & Compiler)
  • Format: Hardcover book | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 305 x 305 x 23 mm | 2000 g
  • Publisher: Bahá'í Publications Australia, 2024
  • Note: 200 gsm matte-art interior; thread-sewn bound; head & tail bands with bookmark
  • ISBN: 9781925320633
  • SKU: SAFAJ_STORY
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  • Contributors:: Maryam Safajoo (Illustrator & Compiler)
  • Format: Hardcover book | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 305 x 305 x 23 mm | 2000 g
  • Publisher: Bahá'í Publications Australia, 2024
  • Note: 200 gsm matte-art interior; thread-sewn bound; head & tail bands with bookmark
  • ISBN: 9781925320633
  • SKU: SAFAJ_STORY

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