Humanitou: Conversations of Humanness + Creativity
13: Sara Meghdari, interdisciplinary artist, on life in Iran and the U.S., politics, racism, stereotypes, and the importance of curiosity and self-education
Sara Meghdari, an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY., is Iranian and American. She comes from a family that honors two religions, two languages and two cultures. We talked as protests grew across the United States after police officers in Minneapolis killed George Floyd. This, on top of months of dealing with extraordinary upheaval and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We talk about the real, experienced impact on a human when being treated as “other,” differences between life in Iran and the U.S., and how they don’t play out the way many Americans assume. We talk politics and racism, and the responsibility of each of us to be curious, to self-educate and not just swallow what the media and culture feed us. Sara also shares how her creative work serves as a coping mechanism, and a process of healing and counteracting stereotypes placed on her and those who likewise come from Iran, or elsewhere in that region of the world. Show notes at humanitou.com.
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