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“Living in Between” is an interactive, multimedia piece which contains four individual pieces. These pieces narrate my life as the result of living between two countries, which are Iran and the United States. The first three pieces are about changing the appearance of American objects. These objects are pickle jars, pizza boxes, and lottery tickets. I have picked these objects from my daily life to show how I see these objects as an immigrant. In these three pieces I am narrating my life as an immigrant to convey the concepts of development, loneliness, and vulnerability. The fourth piece which is an animation narrates how I interact with my shadow that symbolizes my old and new thoughts as the result of living between two cultures. I am working on the concept of living in between because the United States is a diverse community, willing to accept different people from different cultures, but since the 2017 immigration executive order, our life has been changed a lot. This phenomenon made me reconsider the concept of home and my identity. Since, in the United States, people need to live in harmony with immigrants they should know about their life and the challenges they face.
Maryam Khaleghiyazdi is an Iranian multimedia artist and design professor based in Minnesota. The area of her work and teaching covers different realms like digital art, illustration, augmented reality, animation, and graphic design. Currently, Maryam is exploring her identity as a person who has migrated from Iran to the United States. She is applying illustration as a vehicle to expose her state as a person who lives between two different countries. Currently, she is the assistant professor of Graphic design in the Art and Design department at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. in Visual Communication from the University of Tehran, Iran, and her second M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Ohio University, U.S.A. She has exposed her art and design work to different national and international exhibitions in various countries like Iran, U.S.A., Germany, South Korea, Japan, Italy, U.K., Switzerland, Mexico, etc. She has won several prizes like the Silver prize of A ’Design Award in Italy, the merit award of HOW International Design Awards in the U.S.A., the first prize of International Triennial of Ecological Posters in Ukraine and the second award of International Poster Design Competition Post- it Awards in Russia.