it's so easy to get caught up in a way of thinking. we're fed all of this stuff all day long by the media--it's so constant that it becomes subconscious after a while. i mean, my family is from iran, and i have spent some long stretches of time there, and yet, i still think about it in some very stereotypical ways.

i'm kind of ashamed to admit how giddy and surprised i was to realize that an artistic community such as this might exist there today. i love it!