Marjan Vayghan as Parvin Etesami the popular Persian poet. Her first poems were published in 1921 when Parvin was 14 years old. Her work follows classical Persian style in form. Her chosen name Parvin roughly translates as “Butterfly”.

“My grandfather, introduced me to the works and creative practice of many writers, artists and activists. Parvin E'tesami, was the first to click in my heart and soul, as well as the first portrait I ever drew. She occupies a very special place in my heart, along with memories of my grandfather introducing me to the creative multiverse.”    - Marjan Vayghan

Marjan Vayghan is a conceptual artist, writer, curator and fashion designer born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran. in 1984, Marjan Khoshbakhti Vayghan emigrated to the United States in the Spring of 1995, settling with her family in Los Angeles, California. Marjan continues to live alternately between Teheran and Los Angeles. Her practice is informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender.