My name is Sevda Khatamian. I’ve started my art practices since 2009, studying graphic design and later working as a designer. My genuine work has begun since 2013, generating ideas and developing projects in different mediums. I am interested in things that are slightly twisted and bit out of the ordinary. Small things and matters happening in the vast scenery draw my attention. My daily experiences with people and incidents, strangers I meet randomly, my family’s background and history, changes and series of event in my surroundings are the things that inspire me the most. I think detail is one of the main aspects to make an idea stand out, memorable and joyful to watch. I believe things have spirits, too.
Recently, I’ve decided to live like a nomad and travel as much as I can; I don’t have a home anymore. Creativity dawns as I move along with the road. I’ve been working on contemporary writing and combining text with different mediums, such as drawing, animation and film, in order to explore the idea on other forms, to create a better understanding of the bizarre world I live in. I document incidents happening in a certain period of time, inspired by real life experiences and the world of dreams, showing isolation and loneliness in my life with a slight twist of humor, and all the changes happening along the way. Some moments in real life carry emotions and senses which make them stand out and worth the second look. My work is based on reality, but I also let the audience know that this is only an edited version; we may never find out the whole truth of a story.
I was born in the summer of 89. My family was already living in Tehran when I joined them. Although there were all kinds of cousins and aunts and uncles in the family, it was mostly the four of us hanging out together. My father, Amin, used to run his own business and my mother, Zarifeh, worked in a hospital. Later, she became a lawyer. My older brother, Soheil, moved to Turkey when he was 17. So, I decided to go abroad too.
After living in Istanbul for about two years, I am now living as an artist in residence and I’m traveling around different countries.