Searching For a Nomadic Identity: Interview with Artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian / Keyhan Life

Nazenin Ansari, Keyhan Life , May 25, 2019

In his latest series “Permanence of Trace,” the Iranian-born artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian dives deep into his memories to search for his identity. A child of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Firouz moved to Morocco with his family. “I’m still looking for what my identity is in this world — what the past means to me and my family,” he told Kayhan Life in an interview. “There’s something very nomadic about us.” “I grew more and more influenced by some of the crafts and arts of Morocco,” he said. “The colors you see [in my works] are mostly influenced by the colors that I think are close to my heart, growing up in that country.”


This latest series, which is inspired by the Amazigh Berber tribe, consists of large paintings with deep green and brown brushstrokes, and elements of wool incorporated into the canvas.