Iranian photographer and humanitarian activist Shokoufeh Malekkiani blends her extraordinary artistic vision with a dedication to philanthropic causes as she continues to make a difference in this world. According to Malekkiani, “the power of art is limitless,” and it is her greatest hope that she is able to leverage that artistic power to shed light on some of humanity’s most devastating realities. She uses her compelling and memorable photographic images to depict and explore the plight of the poor, the needy, veterans, and all those who suffer.
Malekkiani’s photographs on canvas are stark in their execution, resulting in edgy compositions that render the emotive elements of the images all the more powerful. There is a sharp juxtaposition between the pure white robe her elusive figures are draped in and the harsh metallic solidness of the artifact of war they carry. Always the faces are hidden, which enables a strong emphasis on those objects of war and the depth of meaning they contain.
Shokoufeh Malekkiani has received several international awards for her work and serves as the Honorable Artistic Consultant for the United Nations, WFP.