Kiana Hayeri

Photographer
   'May god be with you my daughter...' by Kiana Hayeri 
'May god be with you my daughter...'
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Nationality: Iranian-Canadian
Biography: Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. After an... MORE
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'May god be with you my daughter...'
Copyright Kiana Hayeri 2022
Date of Work Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Updated Feb 2020
Location Tehran
Topics Adolescence, Australia, Berkeley, canada, Documentary, Dreams, Family, Immigration, iran, Montreal, Personal, Photojournalism, Sydney, Teens, Tehran, Toronto, United States, women, youth

In light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran is now greater than at any point in history. There are no official numbers, but many Iranians have already left or are seeking a way out. Some pursue escape without even considering its consequences.

"˜May god be with you my daughter"¦' is the story of my own migration through the lives of other Iranian teenage girls who have taken the same path that I took years ago. Parmida,Parastou, Melika and Soheila, all immigrated in middle of their teenage years. Parmida and Soheila started this journey along with their parents and families, Parastou and Melika moved away on their own. Facing the battle of fitting into the new culture of their adopted home, this story captures the transformation and liberation of these girls at the age of 17. With the adult personality shaping up, an insecurity and self-consciousness now replaces the carefree world that the girls had lived in so far.
This passage from girlhood into adulthood, with all the complications it entails, takes place within a new culture and environment. The girls on the edge between two worlds try to come to terms with this transitional time in their lives and adjust to the people they are becoming. (Iran, Australia, Canada and United States - 2010 to 2012)

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