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Title: Melody of Martyrdom
Year: 2015
Medium: Mixed Media
Dimension: 36" X 60"

Shortly after the 1979 revolution in Iran, the mother of my guitar teacher Payam was pregnant with him when Iranian government intelligence agents ransacked their house and arrested his father; he was executed by firing squad shortly after. We can see Payam’s father whispering the melody of his story to his son, who grew up with it told often about his father’s execution. Payam uses these stories for inspiration and plays the guitar with the utmost happiness and spirit wherever he goes, thus responding to the persecution forced upon his family with peace.
Title: Melody of Martyrdom Year: 2015 Medium: Mixed Media Dimension: 36" X 60" Shortly after the 1979 revolution in Iran, the mother of my guitar teacher Payam was pregnant with him when Iranian government intelligence agents ransacked their house and arrested his father; he was executed by firing squad shortly after. We can see Payam’s father whispering the melody of his story to his son, who grew up with it told often about his father’s execution. Payam uses these stories for inspiration and plays the guitar with the utmost happiness and spirit wherever he goes, thus responding to the persecution forced upon his family with peace.