Roya Movafegh

Born in Austria to Iranian parents, Roya Movafegh moved to her native country as a little girl only to escape it five years later due to the heavy persecutions her family faced as Baha’is. By the age of twelve, she had lived in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She quickly learned what it meant to fall short of the criteria of societies and nations – her coloring was too dark, her religion worthy of torture and death, her nationality best kept a secret, and her new language considered a threat. Thirty years later, her journeys have finally culminated into The People With No Camel, where she not only gives voice to the plight of the Baha’i Community in Iran, but speaks to our concepts of Freedom in the West. She is a multi-media artist whose work explores the dynamics of assimilation as well as the multiple facets of cultural identity. She has founded various youth arts organizations, including The Young Harlem Photographers, The Children’s Theatre Company of New York, and Nobility Within. Her photo publication, Wishes in Black and White, a book about race relations in America, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. http://www.royamovafegh.com.

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