An Iranian-American Artist’s Immigrant Story

Golnar Adili at her Clinton Hill home (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

In a story for Bklyner, Zainab Iqbal profiles Iranian-American artist Golnar Adili who, from her home in Clinton Hill, uses art to make sense of her multicultural experiences: moving from the U.S. to Tehran at 4 years old, the separation of her family between two countries, and reuniting with her father in the U.S. at 18.

“Olduz and the Crows”: A print of a childhood vintage book from her father’s archive. (Photo via

A mixed media artist who works mostly with paper, her artwork revisits the themes of longing and separation – a common immigrant story, filling the walls of her apartment.

Displacement is one such collection of her work, “inspired by my father’s archive of photos, letters and travel documents meditating on diasporic longing.”

She spoke of what art does for her:

Through war, love, and family, art is what keeps her grounded.  “Art is something I do. I definitely define myself as an artist,” Adili said. “But it is a lot about processing and healing the past, and making sense of the present.”

In the full Bklyner story on Adili, read much more from the artist, including about her artwork, finding inspiration in the human body, growing up in Tehran, and how the city compares to New York.

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