15 November 2013
Mike (36) and Alcyone (two-and-a-half months) with neighbors outside their apartment in Oslo. Mike has lived outside Iran as a political refugee since 1998. He works with food in various kitchens in the city. Mike hopes that people in Iran—and across the planet—will develop more respect for food, for children, and for animals.
I never imagined myself as one of these thousands of Iranians to have left their homeland, but I had to flee Iran in 2009. The government had issued an arrest warrant for me, after my images of the Iranian uprising of that year had been published abroad. In my new life in Norway I have met up with many fellow Iranian immigrants, and decided for this project to document aspects of their lives. They all have different reasons for having left their mother country. But everyone I spoke to hoped that one day they could return to Iran—but to an Iran where they were allowed to vote in truly democratic elections, speak freely, dress the way they wanted to, and choose their own religion and beliefs.