Photo credit: Lizandro Segura

My approach to artmaking is deeply informed by my passion for social justice and my personal experience as a woman and a member of persecuted Baha’i minority in Iran, as an immigrant in Boston, and as an educator. I consider my art a voice for the margins communicated through the poetry of visuals.”

”My process of artmaking provides an avenue for studying social, cultural, and political issues and engagements. Installations provide the third space to bring a variety of mediums together with audiences in order to create a place for contemplation; a place for re/defining our definitions of self and others. The artwork itself is complete only within the dialogue and conversations created as a result of audience interaction and participation.”

”I am interested in the fluctuating space of cross-cultural encounter; as a result, I create collaborative projects, physically bringing artists from different backgrounds together to co-create works that reflect our shared concerns as they transform and fuse together in the creative process.
— Rashin Fahandej


Rashin Fahandej is an Iranian-American artist and independent filmmaker. Her work centers on personal histories, marginalized voices, and the role of media, technology and public collaboration in generating social change.  Her work, solo and collaborative, has been exhibited locally and internationally at numerous venues. Her projects engage a variety of social, political and cultural issues through conceptual, psychological as well as aesthetic explorations. 

 A Father’s Lullaby, her research/creation project at MIT Open Documentary Lab, considers the absence of fathers in communities of color as a direct result of mass incarceration, its life-long impact on children who are left behind and its weight on women and lower-income families, explored through the space of love and intimacy. The project is being developed with community members as creative collaborators, and many local institutions including Boston Center for the Arts, Federal Probation Office, Office of Returning Citizens, and Community Music Center of Boston. 

In 2016-17 as Boston Artists-In-Residence with Mayor’s office of art and culture Fahandej created IN-SIGHT Boston, a community collaborative project exploring youth violence, access, and equality.  

Fahandej’s ongoing project, Marginalia, is a series of poetic feature documentaries exploring the life of U.S. immigrants from persecuted minorities of Iran. Her films draw millions of Persian speaking viewers, igniting conversations around tabooed subjects such as Baha’i minorities.  She has served as an artistic director for the award-winning project, Rebuilding the Gwozdziec Synagogue in Poland.  

Fahandej's current public art installation, A Father’s Lullaby, can be experienced at Boston Center for the Art’s public plaza through Oct 26, 2018 and Oct 8-14 at City Hall Square at HUBweek 2018.    

To collaborate, partner or host A Father's Lullaby project in your local community please email