Twin sisters Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani (born in Tehran, Iran; 1990) work together in
collaboration to create their striking paintings and videos. The two sisters make dramatic
compositions of themselves as the subjects to explore to sense of self in relation to the other.
The Safarani sisters choose to incorporate themes and symbols in their work. A major theme
that the sisters address is one of identity—as twins, as individuals, and as women.
Furthermore, the sisters usually depict interior scenes that serve as a haven for the women,
with the walls and empty spaces acting as a barrier between themselves and the outside world.
Common features found in these rooms are mirrors and windows with curtains. The mirrors
symbolize how the subjects self-reflect and envision themselves in other worlds or realities,
while the half- drawn curtains represent how the women hesitate to make full contact with the
outside world. However, any breeze or light that comes through the windows represent the
hope that the real world is free, peaceful, and safe, like their walls.
With their combination of videos and paintings, and themes of identity and beauty, the Safarani
sisters explain that through their art, “we are creating a beautiful moment which remains in the
mind of the viewer...this moment is temporary—it comes and goes, just as our lives in this